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Mon September 16, 2013

Tomorrow @ 9pm KTTZ presents a special original production, "Latino Americans: On the South Plains".

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LATINO AMERICANS, a three-part, six-hour documentary series produced by WETA Washington, D.C.; Bosch and Company, Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), will air nationwide on PBS, September 17th at 7PM Central. LATINO AMERICANS will chronicle the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1800 to the 21st Century. Through its people, politics and culture, LATINO AMERICANS will tell the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. 

KTTZ-TV will produce interstitials between 2-5 minutes in length highlighting prominent Latino Americans in Lubbock, which will air throughout regularly scheduled broadcasting hours through September. These stories will come together in a 30-minute special documentary celebrating Latino culture in Lubbock and the South Plains, which will air at 9pm on September 17th. Stories include The Lubbock Warriors boxing program and coach Edward Hernandez, artist Tina Fuentes, the traditions of Ballet Folklorico and more. As part of the Latino American project KTTZ and PBS are encouraging Latinos from all over the country to submit their stories for viewing online through pbs.org. A special screening of the local documentary as well as part of the national documentary will be held on October 1st at 7pm at Premiere Cinemas in The South Plains Mall. The screening is free to the public and will include a question and answer session with one of the producers of Latino Americans, John Valadez. More information can be found at kttz.org.

LATINO AMERICANS brings together a diverse team of award-winning filmmakers from around the country to tell these stories, led by the Emmy Award-winning Series Producer Adriana Bosch.  The team includes the Imagen Award-winning John Valadez, the ALMA Award-winning Ray Telles, the Peabody Award-winning Dan McCabe and the Emmy Award-winning Nina Alvarez. The production staff will utilize the accounts of historical figures and events; present-day interviews with Latinos — from best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and pop cultural celebrities to political leaders and everyday people, as well as historians and other experts; and historical re-enactments.  LATINO AMERICANS will also include a Spanish-language version of the series, a companion book by acclaimed journalist Ray Suarez, and bilingual online educational resources.

LATINO AMERICANS is a story of pride, a story about the people whose lives and contributions are at the very essence of American life.   Latinos have transformed America and transformed themselves, and having a group of Latinos tell this story in their own words is an important milestone in our history. The series will portray how unique and diverse Latino cultures are, and yet how much they all share through a powerful identity, their Latinidad.

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