The Latino Experience

(Rochester, NY) – As part of its commitment to support and present diverse content created by a broad array of storytellers, PBS presents The Latino Experience, a new three-part anthology series of short fiction and nonfiction films. The series premieres Tuesdays, July 6-20, 2021, 9:00-10:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Featuring 13 original films made by filmmakers working across genres, the shorts explore a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and styles to highlight the rich diversity of the Latino/a/x community across the United States and Puerto Rico. From dramas to documentaries, comedies to magical realism, The Latino Experience showcases an exciting lineup of creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera.

Films included in The Latino Experience were selected from entries received by PBS following a call for submissions in August 2020. Chosen by a panel of experienced filmmakers, the shorts received funding support as well as a national broadcast as part of the series.

Episode one airing July 6:
A little boy tries to help his sickly grandfather. Women grapple with life on the border. Latinx letterpress printers combine art with social practice. A sentimentalist works to fulfill her bucket list. LGBTQ dance couples blaze a trail.

Episode two airing July 13:
A young girl makes an image-altering decision. A Guatemalan truck driver and pastor copes with the pandemic. A mystical mechanic helps a boy fix his mother’s car. A pregnant MBA student’s due date and exam date conflict, forcing her to make a choice.

Episode three airing July 20:
An artist longs to paint a hillside community green. A single mother and veteran takes a new job that triggers her PTSD. A woman’s deceased parents return to help her during the pandemic. A family grapples with politics during a holiday dinner.

Photo: Yanniel A. Arce Rivera portrays Junior, a ten-year-old boy searching for his grandfather’s medicine in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.Credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Loiz



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