A Celebration of Culture and Diversity
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, WLRN-TV features programs honoring their contributions to the United States. We'll highlight their journey and celebrate their achievements, culture, diversity and traditions.
Tuesday September 22nd 10pm LATINO AMERICANS - Documentary Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates the history of Latinos, who have grown to become the largest minority group in America. It chronicles the evolution of Latin American identity from the 1500s to the present, interviewing close to 100 people who are involved in politics, business and pop culture, as well as those who have lived through key moments in American history.
War and Peace - (1942-1954)
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces, most fighting side by side with Anglos. In the Pacific, East L.A.'s Guy Gabaldon becomes a Marine Corp legend when he singlehandedly captures more enemy soldiers than anyone in US military history. But on the home front, discrimination is not dead: in 1943, Anglo servicemen battle hip young "Zoot suitors" in racially charged riots in southern California.
After the war, Macario Garcia becomes the first Mexican National to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor for his exploits fighting in Europe, only to be refused service in a Texas diner. The experience during the war pushes Latinos to fight for civil rights back home. A doctor from South Texas, Hector Garcia, organizes the American GI Forum, transforming himself into a tireless advocate for civil rights and the friend of a future president. Although Latinos make significant gains, the journey for equality is far from over.
Friday September 25th at 10pm Harvest Season - Documentary – Harvest Season spotlights California's Latino winemakers and the migrant workers behind every bottle.
Harvest Season probes the lives of the multigenerational Latinos, temporary laborers, and permanent residents intimately connected to the production of premium wines in the Napa and Sonoma regions of Northern California — in the midst of one of the most dramatic grape harvests in recent memory.
Harvest Season follows the stories of people who are essential to the wine industry yet are rarely recognized for their contributions, including a veteran winemaker, a Mexican migrant worker, and a Latino wine entrepreneur, Vanessa Robledo, whose family has worked in the region for generations, and many other stories that unfold against the complex backdrop of reality in California’s Wine Country — a region of immense wealth that was accountable for $1.53 billion in export revenue in 2018.