Latino Americans Event

Latino Americans Event

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Pictured: Children in desks raising hands.


Credit: Courtesy of New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Join WXXI for special screening of highlights from this docu-series that chronicles the history of Latinos followed by a celebratory reception.

In honor of Spanish Heritage Month, WXXI will host a screening of Latino Americans, followed by a reception, catered by Juan & Maria's Empanada Stand, on Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre. The screening will take place in Theatre 1, followed by the reception in the Little Cafe with live music by Los Arpegios. The event is free and open to the public.

Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.  The series airs on WXXI-TV Tuesdays at 8 p.m., September 17-October 1. Led by Emmy Award-winning series producer Adriana Bosch, Latino Americans 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. The Latino American project has a robust digital presence including social media, online video and an interactive website (‐americans). Please note: The free screening presents film highlights, not the entire series. 

Immediately following the screening will be a special reception in the Little Cafe. The reception is catered by Juan & Maria's Empanada Stand. Juan & Maria's is a family owned and operated business. They opened in 2000 after Juan & Maria Contreras visited the Rochester Public Market and instantly knew that sharing their Spanish cuisine and the wonderful Spanish culture at the market was their destiny. 

During the event guests are encouraged to share and record their story, a tradition or thoughts about their culture and heritage at WXXI's Sound Booth. Recordings will be shared on Mi Historia, a companion web site to Latino Americans that expands beyond the broadcast to allow a more complete story of Latino Americans. 

You can also submit your story at the Mi Historia site, by clicking here.

Corporate funding for Latino Americans is provided by The Ford Motor Company.  Major funding is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Foundation support is provided by Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Annenberg Foundation and The Summerlee Foundation. Funding for outreach is supported by a grant from The New York Community Trust.


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