Below is an excerpt from the “Latino Americans,” a three-part documentary series that first aired on PBS stations this week. The series, which the New York Times compared to “Eyes on the Prize”, examines the complex history of Latinos in the U.S. and highlights the experiences of amazing Latino individuals that are both known and unknown. Among those profiled are Guy Gabaldon, a Marine who captured more enemy soldiers than anyone in U.S. military history but was played by a white actor in the Hollywood film about his exploits, and Macario Garcia, a man who was refused service in a Texas diner despite being named as the first Mexican national to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The following clip comes from episode four of this series and will air next Tuesday (check local PBS listings for exact times. That episode looks at the wave of immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican republic who moved to the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s:
We will return on Monday with more news and views from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sobredosis de TV is our occasional series looking into programs airing on television. It’s also the name of a song by the defunct Argentine rock music group Soda Stereo.
Video Sources – YouTube via users Latino Public Broadcasting and spanishrockforever
Online Source – New York Times