Starting next week, KCET will air three documentaries on the plight of Latinos in Los Angeles.
Paraiso for Sale (Sept. 26 at 10 p.m.), Visions of Aztlan (Sept. 29 at 9:30 p.m) and Twenty-Five Hundred & One (Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m.) all feature Los Angeles filmmakers and are part of KCET’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
“KCET is excited to showcase local filmmakers with these three dynamic, culturally distinctive films to our diverse viewership,” Bohdan Zachary, vice president of broadcasting and program development for KCET, said in a statement. “As a community-supported station, we pride ourselves on leveraging top local talent for program development. We’re very pleased to spotlight such poignant films that mark culturally important milestones in Los Angeles history.”
Details on each documentary after the jump:
Directed by Anayansi Prado, Paraiso for Sale chronicles the filmmaker’s return to her Panama homeland to document the effects the fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers are having on the local community. Gaining perspectives from both local residents and American retirees, the film explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism, global gentrification and reverse migration, revealing that immigration between Latin America and the U.S. is not just a one-way street.
KCET is also pleased to air Visions of Aztlan, which explores the unique Chicano art movement that flourished in the midst of the turbulent street demonstrations of the 1960s. Using the rich images of the artists’ work, along with interviews and historical footage, director Jesus Salvador Trevino tells the story of Chicano artists who resisted the allure of conventional careers to render their community’s urgent struggles and aspirations for social justice and equality.
Lastly, filmmaker Patricia Van Ryker of Twenty-Five Hundred & One profiles the work of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago as he sculpts life-size works of art representing each of the 2,500 villagers who migrated north in search of work.