New season of ‘VOCES’ explores Latino arts, culture and history

The fifth season of “VOCES”, the acclaimed PBS documentary series following the lives and experiences of Latino men and women, will air Fridays at 9 p.m. starting Sept. 20 on Arizona PBS. It features the best of Latino arts, culture and history and shines a light on current issues that impact Latino Americans. Devoted to exploring the rich diversity of the Latino experience, the series presents new and established filmmakers and brings their powerful and illuminating stories to a national audience.

Sept. 20: “Porvenir, Texas”

In the early morning hours of January 28, 1918, in the border town of Porvenir, Texas, a group of 15 fathers, uncles, brothers and sons were taken from their homes and executed; soon after, their families fled.  Who were the killers?  Why did they carry out such a horrific act?  “Porvenir, Texas” explores this tragic story, asks what led to the events of that fateful night and reveals the tensions that still remain along the border a century later.

Sept. 27: “Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno”

The discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot — Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant activist and mother of 12. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria used the only weapon she had — her voice — and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were usually relegated to the background.  The first woman farmworker in America to be hired as a union organizer, Maria’s story was silenced and her legacy buried — until now.

 

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