Hispanic Heritage Month programming

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Latin American culture.

POV “Ella es el Matador” Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 9:00 pm
For Spaniards – and for the world – nothing has expressed their country’s traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador. So sacred was the bullfighter’s masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport. This film reveals the surprising history of the women who made such a law necessary and profiles two female matadors currently in the arena: the acclaimed Mari Paz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia.

American Masters “Orozco: Man of Fire”
Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:00 pm
Often thought of as the other Mexican muralist, beside his more flamboyant compatriot Diego Rivera, Orozco was a leader of the Mexican Renaissance. His bold, dynamic frescoes had a profound impact on American painters and inspired Franklin D. Roosevelet to put artists to work during the Great Depression.

Independent Lens
“Our Disappeared” Monday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 pm
Through a casual Google search, director Juan Mandelbaum finds out that Patricia, a long lost girlfriend from Argentina, is among the thousands who were kidnapped, tortured and then “disappeared” by the military during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Juan embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her and others he knew who disappeared and re-examines his own choices. Using rare archival footage he evokes the dreams for a revolution that would transform Argentina.

American Masters “Rivera in America” Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10:00 pm
Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the 20th century, Diego Rivera continues to have a profound effect on the international art world. As a young man, he encountered the works of Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir and Matisse in Paris. But it was the Renaissance frescoes in Italy that fueled his vision of a new form of painting that could reach and celebrate the working man. He returned to Mexico and, ultimately, propelled the fusion of fresco with modern art and architecture.

In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina Thursday, Oct. 15
Watch for an incredibly talented line-up of performers to sing for President Obama and the First Lady.

Latin Music USA
Mondays at 8:00 pm starting October 12th & October 19th
Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues – music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It’s a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. The four-part series will be presented over two nights—Oct. 12 & 19.

The Big Squeeze
Oct. 12 at 10:00 pm and Oct. 14 at 8:30 pm
The Big Squeeze is a joyful leap into the heart of Texas music. And where there’s music there’s usually some grilling going on. That’s why Herminio Ramirez builds a stage right in the tiny kitchen of their Houston home for his son John. From the urban barrios of Houston to the colonials along the U.S.-Mexican border, legacies fueled by the passion-stirring combination of family, friends and food, is being passed along. In The Big Squeeze, we follow 16 year old John Ramirez and other young musicians as they do battle at the statewide accordion throw down. This film was produced by Hector Galan.