(Rochester, NY) – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, WXXI presents VOCES on two consecutive Sundays at 2 p.m. starting October 21, 2012 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). VOCES is the only national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.

VOCES showcases Latino artists, athletes and performers who reflect their culture while defying all expectations. From the housing projects of Brooklyn to a Mexican wrestling ring, from the ranches of California to the crumbling beauty of Castro’s Cuba,VOCES shines a light on the unexpected.

The lineup includes:

“Tales of Masked Men” airs Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m.
Producer/Director: Carlos Avila; Co-Producer/Editor: Thomas Calderon

From the director of the acclaimed Foto-Novelas, “Tales of Masked Men” explores the fascinating, mysterious world of lucha libre and its role in Latino communities in the United States, Mexico and Latin America. Famous for its masked wrestlers and called by one aficionado “a sport in the key of melodrama,” lucha libre is part circus, part athletic contest, part theater. The sport inspires passionate loyalty while contributing a lasting cultural idiom to America’s pop culture landscape.

“Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart” airs Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m.
Producers/Directors: Robin Rosenthal and Bill Yahraus

Las Azaleas are a gutsy team of women rodeo riders vying to represent the U.S. at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where “to be Charro is to be Mexican.” Escaramuza, or skirmish, describes both their daredevil horseback ballets, ridden sidesaddle at top speed, and the intensity of their competition season. Neither life-altering challenges at home nor cartel violence across the border can keep Las Azaleas from their goal.

“Unfinished Spaces” airs Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
Producers/Directors: Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray

In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before the construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counter-revolutionary. These radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.

“Lemon” airs Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m.
Producers/Directors: Laura Brownson and Beth Levison

When Lemon Andersen held a Tony Award in his hands for his work in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, it was close to a miracle. This poet/performer was a three-time felon who’d achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two small daughters back to the projects. In desperation, he turned to the only thing he had left — his pen and his past. “Lemon” follows one man’s journey to bring his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons.  


Caption: “Lucha libre,” famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of “home” for new immigrants in the United States.
Credit: Courtesy of Cuauhtemoc Garcia/Courtesy of Echo Park Films



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