Latino Public Broadcasting announced that season four of VOCES, the Latino arts and culture documentary showcase series, will premiere in spring 2015 with three new broadcasts on Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET from April 17 to May 1, 2015 (check local listings) on PBS. A fourth film, “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey,” will premiere this fall as a special co-presentation of VOCES and THIRTEEN’s American Masters. VOCES is presented by PBS SoCaL.
Kicking off the series on April 17 is Hector Galán’s “Children of Giant.” Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classicGiant, this new documentary returns to Marfa, Texas to explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s Anglo and Mexican-American residents. “Now en Español” (April 24) explores the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences — and whose real lives are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts. “El Poeta” (May 1) is a powerful and poignant profile of the renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.
“The films in the new season of VOCES explore the ever-evolving relationship between Latino culture and the larger fabric of American society, from a classic movie set in remote Texas to modern day Hollywood to the frontlines of the drug war,” said LPB Executive Director and VOCES executive producer Sandie Viquez Pedlow. “The Latino American experience is so diverse and there are so many stories to tell. We’re delighted to play a part in bringing some of these stories to PBS through these remarkable films.”
“We’re delighted to partner once again with LPB to bring VOCES to PBS viewers,” said Donald Thoms, Vice President, General Audience Programming, PBS. “These remarkable documentaries showcase the rich mosaic of Latino culture and history, and are part of the PBS commitment to provide stories that reflect our nation’s diversity, and which contribute to greater understanding and appreciation of ourselves as Americans.”