[TV] Latino Heritage Month 2021 // KQED

The best [yes, the best!] TV shows about ‘Latino Heritage Month’ are on KQED

September marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month, and KQED is celebrating with a special TV programming lineup.

  • FINALLY! Something amazing to watch for FREE on September.
  • Set your DVR to see educational programs about art, culture, history, music, food and more.


Below are KQED’s 3 TV channels’ schedule: PLUS, WORLD and KQED 9.



Channel: PLUS

Sun, 9/26

4pm Latino Americans: The New Latinos
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

5pm Latino Americans: Pride and Prejudice
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

6pm Latino Americans: Peril and Promise
Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

Tues, 9/28

10:30pm 187
The documentary chronicles Proposition 187, a California ballot measure passed in 1994 that sought to deny public services to undocumented immigrants. While the initiative was meant to keep the “immigrant threat” at bay, it mobilized non-immigrants and immigrants in Latino communities as well as their allies across the state.

Fri, 10/1

12pm Wonders of Mexico: Forests of the Maya
In Mexico’s far south lies an unusual peninsula: The Yucatan. Swathed in a forest stretching 50000 square miles and once ruled by the mighty Maya Civilization. But it’s also place full of secrets which hold the key to how animals and people survive the long and difficult times.

3pm Major League Cuban Baseball
“Major League Cuban Baseball” traces the experiences of Cubans at the most accomplished levels of America’s national pastime – baseball – and explores their deep cultural and emotional connection to the game
Brothers and gifted musicians, pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar featured in “Los Hermanos/The Brothers,” airing Tuesday, October 5 at 4pm on KQED Plus.

Tues, 10/5

4pm Los Hermanos/The Brothers (NEW)
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

5:30pm Reel South: Santuario
After 25 years of living in the United States, Guatemalan grandmother Juana Ortega is threatened with deportation and soon takes sanctuary in a small North Carolina church. As time passes, and state lawmakers continue to ignore the family’s pleas for a stay on her deportation, Juana’s spirits slowly sink. And yet, Juana is patient that in God’s house, God will answer her prayers.

11pm Latino Experience: Episode One
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.
Travel south along Mexico’s mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture. Watch “Wonders of Mexico: Mountain Worlds” on Friday, October 8 at 12pm on KQED Plus.

Fri, 10/8

12pm Wonders of Mexico: Mountain Worlds
Travel south along Mexico’s mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.

3pm Eliades Ochoa: Live at Casa De La Trova (NEW)
The concert film – “Eliades Ochoa: Live at Casa De La Trova” taped live in the famous music venue La Casa de La Trova in Santiago de Cuba – showcases the musicianship of Eliades Ochoa and his group, Cuarteto Patria. The program invites viewers inside the cherished music venue for an intimate and celebratory musical experience, including performances of songs made famous by The Buena Vista Social Club.

Tues, 10/12

11pm Latino Experience: Episode Two
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.

Wed, 10/13

2pm In The Americas with David Yetman: Tlaloc’s Revenge: Mexico City’s Hydrological Heritage
Five hundred years ago the basin where Mexico City lies was plagued with an excess of water. With fundamental alterations in social attitudes toward water, one of the world’s largest and greatest cities comes to grips with falling water tables, exhausted springs, and sinking earth. Somehow the city endures.

2:30pm In The Americas with David Yetman: Medellin: A Colombian Transformation
Three decades ago Colombia’s city of Medellín was a symbol for violence and narco-trafficking. Massive government intervention and an indomitable will have transformed the city into what some call “The Paris of the Americas.” The city’s arts and urban restoration are an inspiration to large cities worldwide.

Fri, 10/15

12pm Wonders of Mexico: Burning North
A journey across Northern Mexico reveals a desert rich in life. From prairie dogs fighting snakes, bats hunting scorpions and tiny owls living in giant cacti, its animals have found clever ways to survive against the odds.

3pm Weekend in Havana
Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans.


Channel: WORLD

Sun 9/26

6pm Latino Experience: Episode Three
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.

7pm Doc World: Border South
Over the course of five years, Raúl O. Paz-Pastrana filmed the migrant routes from southern Mexico to the U.S. Mexico Border, assembling a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. The film reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

Mon 9/27

4pm POV: America
Diego lives away from his family, where he scrubs wax in a surf shop by day and stilt-walks the malecon by night. He returns home after his grandmother, America, falls from her bed, leading to his father’s arrest for elder neglect.
Discover the true story behind legendary Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, the real-life inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo.” Watch “The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo” on September 28 at 4pm on KQED World

Tues 9/28

4pm Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo
Film uncovers the true story behind legendary Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, the real-life inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo.”

5pm America ReFramed: The Unafraid
Banned from attending Georgia’s top five public universities and from paying in-state tuition at other public colleges in the state, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students like Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo unite through their activist work with an immigrants’ rights group. A humanizing portrait of undocumented students and their families, we enter their homes and learn of their struggles, as working families like theirs support their sons and daughters in pursuit of their dreams for life, liberty, and happiness.

Wed 9/29

4pm Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream
Diving into the streets of Havana, we meet change makers in Cuba today. Following their journeys to thrive and survive in a rapidly shifting society, they provide unique perspectives on how their country is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution, one more nuanced than meets the eye.

4:30pm Re-Evolution: The Embargo
“The Embargo” examines the ongoing impact of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a longstanding prohibition on economic exchange that is known to Cubans as “el bloqueo.” The film interviews people from both countries – including online fashion retailer Idania del Rí o, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former U.S. secretary of commerce Carlos Gutierrez – about the impact of “el bloqueo” on people trying to make their livelihood in Cuba today.

5pm Re-Evolution: Salud
This special focuses on Cuba’s unique management of health and agricultural resources, and how development in these areas could highlight possible solutions to global challenges. The program follows a Cuban doctor and nurse on home visits to see how Cubans access healthcare, while a focus on biomedical technology in the country reveals how the ongoing U.S. embargo has impacted distribution of medicines that have promise in helping with symptoms of diabetes.

5:30pm Re-Evolution: Suenos
This special shares individual views and perceptions of Cuba – especially American ones – and the many, varied dreams that are held for the country’s future. The program begins with an interview of travel guru Rick Steves, who reflects on a recent visit to Cuba with family and how travel can be a political act. Then, it delves more deeply into Cuban youth culture, profiling members of a local dance company who create community, as well as international funk group “Cimafunk.” Musicians comment on how the internet has changed the way they live and work, while the founders of Bajanda, an “Uber-like” taxi app, discuss their challenges launching in Cuba.

6pm Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion
With unprecedented access to Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits, “Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion” looks at the present-day reality of the Cuban Revolution and its uncertain post-Castro future, and the conflicts that have engulfed Cuba for the past six decades.
“Five Years North” is the story of America’s immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Watch “American Reframed: Five Years North” on Tuesday, October 5 at 5pm on KQED World

Tues 10/5

5pm America ReFramed: Five Years North (NEW)
“Five Years North” is the story of America’s immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

6:30pm Becoming Johanna
When Johanna, a 16-year-old transgender Latina, begins her transition and gets kicked out of her home and school, she finds a foster family who loves her and a supportive school principal who helps her graduate and thrive.

Wed 10/6

4pm Independent Lens: Harvest Season
Spend an agricultural year in Napa Valley and meet some of the unsung people who play a critical role in making some of the world’s most celebrated wines, yet whose stories have largely gone untold.

Fri 10/8

4pm Ivy League Rumba
“Ivy League Rumba” is a one-hour documentary showcasing today’s Latin rhythms, which fuse temporary grooves with the power of traditionally rooted sounds. Filmed at the 2015 Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival in Providence, R.I., the program captures the magical spontaneity of some of Latin music’s top performers and explores the Latino influence on mainstream American music and world culture.

Tues 10/12
5pm America ReFramed: We Like It Like That
Created by largely Puerto Rican, Cuban and African American youths living alongside each other in the 1960s, Boogaloo served as an authentic and vibrant cultural expression. “We Like It Like That” explores a pivotal moment in ’60s music history when blues, funk and traditional Caribbean rhythms were fused to define a new generation of urban Latinos.

6:30pm Salsa! The Dance Sensation
Dubbed by many the most popular social dance in the world, it is practiced today by people of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures. In South Florida, this Latin-flavored dance, infused with Caribbean and African roots, is performed with distinct passion and artistry. From the nightclubs to the performance halls, from senior centers to salsa schools, the dance that began as a folk tradition has exploded into the mainstream. Today, an array of stories, histories, and traditions are recounted on dance floors across the region. From Casino-style to Colombian, from Puerto Rican to Dominican, the varied styles of the dance help delineate cultural identities, while also creating connections and friendships.


Sat, 9/25

6pm Kitchenistas
What started as a 7-week nutrition program seven years ago in National City (CA) for women seeking healthier diets, has become a Latina-led movement to raise the health, wellbeing, and resilience of the community. National City has one of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in San Diego County and in the state of California, and the program graduates, called “Kitchenistas”, are out to change that, one healthy meal at a time.

Fri, 10/1

10:30pm VOCES on PBS: Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno
See how the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot – Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant mother of 12 who became an outspoken leader for farmworker rights. Her legacy was buried – until now.

Mon, 10/4

10pm POV: Fruits of Labor (NEW)
Ashley, a Mexican American teenager, dreams of graduating high school and going to college. But when ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.

11:30pm POV Shorts: Cherish
Three stories reflecting the many faces of love through memory, community and family.
Portrait of film and Broadway actor Rita Moreno as she puts on makeup in the mirror, Hollywood, 1954. American Masters’ “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” premieres Tuesday, October 5 at 9pm on KQED 9. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Tues, 10/5

9pm American Masters: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (NEW)
Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.

Fri, 10/8

9pm 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards (NEW)
Celebrate the recipients of the 34th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes performances and appearances by some of the country’s most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

Fri, 10/15

9pm La Frontera with Pati Jinich (NEW)
Acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich travels from El Paso and Juarez to Big Bend National Park. She discovers the people, places and food — from burritos to Middle Eastern cuisine — that make this region unique.
Writer Jose Lezama Lima featured in Voces’ “Letters to Eloisa,” airing Friday, October 15 at 10pm on KQED 9.

10pm Voces on PBS: Letters to Eloisa (NEW)
A haunting portrait of a writer’s life and struggle for artistic freedom, meet Cuba’s Jose Lezama Lima, an all but forgotten figure of the Latin American literary boom that included Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Notes on 3 channels:

KQED 9 is available over the air on DT9.1, 54.2 and 25.1 and via most cable systems on Channel 9. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 9 SD and 709 HD) and on Wave (Channels 9 SD and 164 HD). It can also be found on DIRECTV and DISH satellite systems (Channels 9 SD and HD).

KQED Plus is available over the air on Channels 54, DT54.1, 9.2 and 25.2, and via many cable and satellite systems on either channel 10 or 54. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 10 SD, and 710 HD) and on DIRECTV (Channel 54 SD and HD) and DISH (Channel 54, SD only) satellite systems.

This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).

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