A companion book by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for PBS NEWSHOUR, will be released to coincide with the series. The television broadcast will also be accompanied by a nationwide public engagement initiative, and bilingual digital engagement and public education campaigns. A preview of the series is available at pbs.org/latino-americans.
LATINO AMERICANS is led by Emmy Award-winning series producer Adriana Bosch and documents the evolution of a new “Latino American” identity from the 1500s to the present day, featuring interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture — including Herman Badillo, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Estefan and Rita Moreno — as well as deeply personal portraits of lesser-known Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history.
“In six episodes of first-rate television, LATINO AMERICANS covers centuries of history about native-born Latinos and immigrants from throughout the Americas,” said Bosch, a Cuban-born filmmaker whose previous PBS projects include LATIN MUSIC U.S.A. and a number of documentaries for the series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. “We do not shy away from addressing key issues of legitimacy, justice, discrimination and the very meaning of citizenship. The series has great cinematography, incisive interviews, evocative archive materials — but what I am most proud of is that we were able to tell history in the first person. LATINO AMERICANS is history ‘con nombre y apellido’ — with first and last name. And that is what makes our stories compelling and profoundly human.”
Leading up to the broadcast premiere, LATINO AMERICANS will be presented in different prominent Hispanic markets throughout the country as a part of a nationwide public engagement initiative that will kick off in Phoenix, AZ, on May 23. That event is being presented by Eight, Arizona PBS in partnership with the Latino Institute, a program of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. A screening will take place at the Latino Institute, followed by a discussion about Latino identity and history with LATINO AMERICANS series producer Adriana Bosch and others featured in the film. These public media events aim to significantly expand the reach and impact of the series beyond the broadcast. Events will also take place in markets including Austin, TX; Miami, FL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Antonio, TX; and Washington, D.C., among others.
LATINO AMERICANS also includes a bilingual digital engagement campaign, the first phase of which launched in early May and provides an interactive way to approach and understand Latino American history, its contribution, and its role in American society. The project has created an integrated digital media experience designed to motivate viewers, listeners and digital media users to engage in discussions, explore their communities and share their stories, bringing texture and immediacy to the LATINO AMERICANS series. Individuals and communities can share their experiences and thoughts on cultural traditions and identity at pbs.org/latino-americans and be a part of the conversation by using the project hashtag #LatinosPBS on Twitter. The public can submit video submissions now at pbs.org/latino-americans/en/send-videos/