The program documents a year in the life of Mariachi Halcon, a top-ranked competitive high school mariachi band in the rural ranching town of Zapata, Texas. Using the band and its music as a lens, this spirited documentary focuses on Mexican-American teenagers pursuing excellence and finding strength in themselves, as well as a connection to their cultural heritage.
Movies that you can borrow from the library that feature Hispanic interests.
Publication Date: Independent Lens : PBS Distribution [distributor], c2010.
A young Latina filmmaker documented the emotional journey of her uncle, a military vet deported to Mexico, and uncovered the secrets of her family's past. Against the backdrop of increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border, the national identity and its ties are explored along with the lives of the immigrants. Also followed is what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they don't consider home.
The 21st-century age of migration comes into deeper focus in this poetic look at the border between Mexico and its Central American neighbors, the first obstacle between hopeful migrants and their dreams for a better life. For thousands of immigrating Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, and others, southern Mexican border towns like Tapachula, Chiapas, are where the dangers of their journey begin: If the police don't get you, the thieves will (and if the thieves don't rob you, the police will).
A documentary on the Mexican-American civil rights movement. The film tells the story of one key injustice, the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead soldier's body 'because the whites wouldn't like it,' and shows how the incident sparked outrage nationwide and contributed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Carlos Galindo always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream.
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas
Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza are in love with each other, but due to his poor social status, Fermina decides to marry a wealthy doctor, Dr. Juvenal Urbino, instead. Florentino Seeks solace in the arms of many other women, but never can love any one, for his heart truly belongs to Fermina. Based on the bestselling novel by Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Five ordinary guys meet under the worst circumstances and form a band in search of stardom in the world of norteno music. When gifted oboe player Don Apolinar loses his job and wife, he tries his luck up in northern Mexico, forming a group with others like him who have nothing to lose. The men create fake celebrity identities, except lead singer Zacarias who gave up being on the police force to become a star. The group plays small gigs until a stroke of luck takes them to some big stages.