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VOCES is an innovative series that showcases the best Latino films. Each week, VOCES journeys deep into the heart and soul of Latino culture to present an eclectic mix of compelling documentaries and exciting musical specials that celebrate the rich variety of the Latino-American experience. With a commitment to feeding the imagination and curiosity of all Americans, these informative and inspirational stories give voice to millions of Latinos living in the United States. Acclaimed actor Edward James Olmos (American Family) introduces each film.

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  • The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema (Part 1 of 2) (#101)

    This episode examines the first images of Latinos on the silver screen in the 'greaser' movies of the early 1900s. These films presented Mexican males as villians, banditos and thieves, and Mexican women as wanton sirens with questionable morals. [56 minutes]

  • The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema (Part 2 of 2) (#102)

    The second part begins in the 1960s, with the introduction of the 'gringo' anti-hero in westerns. Latino actors, directors and writers discuss the meaning and importance of stereotypes. [56 minutes]

  • The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game (#103)

    Learn how players overcame poverty, dictatorship, civil war & racism to triumph in the big leagues. [56 minutes]

  • Nuestra Familia/Our Family (#104)

    Latino families struggle to overcome the influence of California's violent street and prison gangs. [56 minutes]

  • Yank Tanks (#105)

    Examines the enduring popularity of classic American cars in Cuba, featuring interviews with owners. [56 minutes]

  • Split Decision (#106)

    The story of a young man's search for redemption, from a prison cell to the boxing ring. [56 minutes]

  • Santo Domingo Blues: Los Tigueres De La Bachata (#107)

    Luis Vargas' guitar blues became a source of national pride for Dominican immigrants in the U.S. [56 minutes]

  • Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano (#108)

    This music-filled biography contains interviews with inspired musicians, artists and activists. [57 minutes]

  • Recalling Orange County (#109)

    Documentary filmmaker Mylene Moreno recalls her experience growing up as the daughter of immigrants. [56 minutes]

  • From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale (#110)

    Explores how one New York City borough produced some of the most influential music styles. [56 minutes]

  • The Guestworker (#111)

    Learn about the H2A Guestworker program through the intimate story of Mexican farmer "Done Cande." [56 minutes]

  • Pancho Gonzalez: Warrior of the Court (#112)

    Charts the tennis ace's illustrious career, from his early successes to his retirement at age 47. [56 minutes]

  • Noche De Mariachis (#113)

    The best entertainers and musicians from Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. perform in Las Vegas. [56 minutes]

  • Celia The Queen (#201)

    The legacy of Celia Cruz, a Cuban singer who broke down barriers of racism and sexism, is explored. [56 minutes]

  • Antonia Pantoja: Presente (#202)

    The story of this educator-organizer showcases the Puerto Rican community's struggles and triumphs. [56 minutes]

  • Bracero Stories (#203)

    Former laborers discuss their experiences in a U.S.-Mexican guest worker program from 1942 to 1964. [56 minutes]

  • The Golden Age/La Edad De Oro (#204)

    Follows one season of the very competitive "Golden Age" soccer league in Corona Park, Queens, N.Y. [56 minutes]

  • Special Circumstances (#205)

    The return of an exiled man 30 years after being tortured reveals a legacy of dictatorship in Chile. [56 minutes]

  • Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music (#206)

    Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony and more pay homage to the bandleader, percussionist and composer. [56 minutes]

  • Soy Andina (#207)

    An immigrant folk dancer from the Andes and a modern dancer from Queens journey to Peru to dance. [56 minutes]

  • Dream Havana (#208)

    The story of two writers, one who stayed to face the hardships of Cuba and the other who escaped. [56 minutes]

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