Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.
The series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 1500's to present day. It is a story of people, politics, and culture, intersecting with much that is central to the history of the United States while also going to places where standard U.S. histories do not tend to tread. Latino Americans relies on historical accounts and personal experiences to vividly tell the stories of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; and of anguish and celebration, from the millions of people who come to the U.S. from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, and countries in Central and South America.
Latino Americans is driven by the human dramas of individuals' struggles and triumphs, successes and disappointments, featuring interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business, military, academia, literature, and pop culture, as well as deeply personal portraits of Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history. Latino Americans is the story of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.
Running Time: 320 mins
6 videos included
Filmmakers: David Belton, Sonia Fritz
This award winning PBS series is a journey through the music, words, dance, painting and performance of rich Latino cultures made more complex and fascinating by their history in our country. The series explores how contemporary Latino artists continue to build on rich traditions that reflect a unique multi-ethnic experience, taking established art forms and reinventing them, constantly challenging themselves and the communities which nurture them. From New York City's break-dancers to mural-painters in Los Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross section of Latino artists working today.
Running Time: 162 mins
6 videos included
Filmmakers: Hector Galan
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and among the most diverse -- accounting for one-sixth of all Americans and tracing their origins to more than 20 countries. They are also a rising force in American politics. Yet across the American media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience are virtually nowhere to be found.
In Latinos Beyond Reel, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray -- and do not portray -- Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation -- a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.
The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos. Features commentary from Charles Berg, Otto Santa Ana, Angharad Valdivia, Federico Subervi, Mari Castaneda, Chon Noriega, Isabel Molina, Alex Nogales, Juan Gonzalez, Moctesuma Esparza, Josefina Lopez, Alex Rivera, Luis Ramos, Lisa Vidal, and others.
Running Time: 85 mins
Filmmakers: Chyng Sun, Miguel Parker
Political empowerment for Latinos in the United States has always been difficult. A Mexican-American butcher's son from Texas, Willie Velasquez questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city's government, propelling him into a lifelong battle to gain political equality for Latinos. This documentary examines obstacles Latinos had to overcome to obtain representation, and addresses issues facing Latinos today.
Running Time: 60 mins
Filmmakers: Hector Galan
Features: Luis Valdez (Narrator)
From Richard Montes (Director, Producer) the acclaimed Hip Hop documentary film about the music industry. Finally, the suppressed voices from the Latin Hip-Hop culture are heard from in this compelling Safada Y Sano Production. Voyage into hip-hop's best-kept secret, and observe the underground roots where it all began. Witness it pump into the pen, bleed onto the page, race through the microphone, and blast onto the stage to influence the world of music.
Capturing two generations of Latino Hip-Hoppers converse about their struggles, successes, and the art, a controversial window has been flung open with a no holds barred approach that will shock the Music Industry. Respected by their peers, ignored by the media, meet the key figures that have revolutionized the hip-hop culture. Follow the gripping stories of true pioneers through riveting interviews, exclusive backstage footage, and dope music. Step inside their recording studios, put on a pair of headsets, and be prepared to Pass The Mic! Pass The Mic! was rated #1 in Vibe Magazine, distributed on home video by Image Entertainment, screened for the American Film Institute's music documentary series as well as film festivals around the world, used in many College Curriculum to learn about the history of Latino Hip Hop, and currently placed in Stanford University's Global Hip Hop Archives.
"After watching Pass, true rap fans will respect all of hip-hop's architects."--Source Magazine
Running Time: 53 mins
Filmmakers: Jade Puga, Richard Montes