Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — has become a globally recognized Mexican tradition celebrated in Latino neighborhoods throughout the United States and by people of Mexican heritage everywhere. Traditionally observed on the first two days of November, Día de los Muertos sees families and friends paying their respects to deceased loved ones with colorful and festive gatherings filled with food, flowers and warm remembrances rather than funereal mourning.
In honor of this year’s celebration, join us for a new musical special. DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS honors the traditional Mexican celebration with performances by Los Lobos, Ozomatli and Flor de Toloache.
The audience is composed of Tennessee’s diverse Latino communities, many in skeleton makeup and traditional costumes, organized by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. The performances are intermixed with short vignettes produced by San Francisco filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor that illuminate the meaning of Día de los Muertos.
“This joyous new special is a great way to learn about and celebrate the rich Mexican observance of Día de los Muertos,” says Sandie Viquez Pedlow, executive director of Latino Public Broadcasting. “We’re delighted to partner with Todd Jarrell Productions to bring the amazing music of these exciting Latino artists to the PBS family.”