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Kansas City PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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This month, KCPBS will air We Are Latinos II, the second installment of a powerful film series by Kansas City-based filmmaker Victor Antillanca. 

As the air changes to a steady crisp and the leaves begin to change, the fall season brings many important moments, including Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. As the month-long celebration draws to a close, Kansas City PBS, Flatland and 90.9 The Bridge are excited to take a moment to reflect on all the Latinx trailblazers that have long molded Kansas City into the bustling metro it is today with a stellar line-up of content that you do not want to miss. 

This month, KCPBS will air We Are Latinos II, the second installment of a powerful film series by Kansas City-based filmmaker Victor Antillanca. We Are Latinos II will air on Channel 19.1 as a 30-minute broadcast on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. KCPBS will also host an advance screening of We Are Latinos II on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at Screenland Armour Theatre at 408 Armour Road in North Kansas City. Following the screening, there will be a brief Q&A session with the filmmaker and people featured in the film. 

Plus, 90.9 The Bridge is celebrating this month with a special edition of "Identities + Soundtracks" – where Kansas City area artists and musicians share the songs that make them feel heard and seen. Learn more about how to listen to The Bridge on the air or stream online here. While you’re at it, take a moment to listen to this Hispanic Heritage Month playlist on Spotify. 

If you want more, there is an abundance of other local and national content that highlights the Latinx community available to stream, read or even listen to now! Whether you want to learn more about the history of Kansas City’s Westside, understand the local current affairs impacting the city’s Latinx communities, or discover the origins of terms like ‘Latino’ and ‘Hispanic,’ we have it all. 

Here’s a list of more shows airing this month on Kansas City PBS during Hispanic Heritage Month and programs available to stream now. 

Hispanic and Latinx programs airing on Kansas City PBS Channel 19.1

Independent Lens: El Equip
Monday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. 

Legendary U.S. anthropologist Dr. Clyde Snow sets out to train a new group of Latin American students in forensic anthropology. Their goal was to investigate disappearances in Argentina during the “dirty war.”

We Are Latinos II
Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.

Latino trailblazers have long molded Kansas City into the bustling metro it is today. We Are Latinos II, the second installment of a series from filmmaker Victor Antillanca, captures that powerful legacy through the lens of three Kansas Citians currently making strides in the community. The new film features four change agents from the Kansas City area, including Cafe Corazon co-founder Dulcinea Herrera, muralist duo Isaac Tapia and Rodrigo Alvarez and interdisciplinary artist Cesar Velez. 

Next at the Kennedy Center: Ballet Hispánico’s Doña Perón
Friday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. 

Ballet Hispánico explores Evita Perón's diverging legacies in this invigorating and emotional work. Her rags-to-riches story is interpreted through movement – following her journey from dancehall performer to Argentina's First Lady and sudden death.

The Latinx Photography Project
Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. 

The Latinx Photography Project is a bilingual documentary film exploring how a creative practice like photography can succeed at cultivating leaders grounded in community cohesion.

Finding Your Roots: Mexican Roots
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 p.m. 

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the deep Mexican roots of talk show host Mario Lopez and comedian Melissa Villaseñor, uncovering ancestors stretching back to the 1500s. Weaving together stories of migratory farmers, Spanish Conquistadors and Native Americans, Gates conjures up personal histories of diverse, sometimes conflicting, elements.

What’s streaming now on KCPBS for Hispanic Heritage Month?

Portrait with reflected face as looking through glass

Independent Lens

Sansón and Me

Discover the untold story of Sansón, an imprisoned immigrant, through heartfelt reenactments and intimate letters in this gripping documentary.