Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor
Latino Americans:
The Series
White House Performance:
Musica Latina
Hispanic Heritage
on AFN|movie

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) AFN recognizes the contributions and important presence Hispanic and Latino Americans have for our country and celebrate this diverse heritage and culture. Hispanics have had a profound and positive national influence with a strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.

Latino AmericansThe main event for AFN’s month-long Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will be the PBS series: Latino Americans. top

This is the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. The series is broken into six chronological episodes that cover the time period from the 1500s to present day. Two episodes of the series will air each week for three weeks every Saturday on AFN|spectrum during the commemorative month.

Episode 1. Foreigners in Their Own Land spans the period from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.
7pm CET/JKT Saturday September 21.
Episode 2. Empire of Dreams documents how the American population begins to be reshaped by the influx of people that began in 1880 and continues into the 1940s, as Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build strong Latino-American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.
8pm CET/JKT Saturday September 21.
Episode 3. War and Peace moves into the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States.
7pm CET/JKT Saturday September 28.
Episode 4. The New Latinos highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.
8pm CET/JKT Saturday September 28.
Episode 5. Pride and Prejudice details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.
7pm CET/JKT Saturday October 5.
Episode 6. Peril and Promise takes viewers through the past 30 years, with a second wave of Cubans arriving in Miami during the Mariel exodus and with hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars, death squads and unrest to go north into a new land — transforming the United States along the way. The debate over undocumented immigrants flares up, with a backlash that eventually includes calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand undocumented immigrants as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. The largest and youngest growing sector of the American population, Latino Americans will determine the success of the United States in the 21st century.
7pm CET/JKT Saturday October 5.

In Performance at the White HouseIn Performance at the White House: Musica Latina top

This do-not-miss celebration of latin music will be hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama at the White House. Singer Gloria Estefan, musician Arturo Sandoval and others gather for a night of Latin-influenced sounds.
AFNprime 4pm CET/JKT Sunday, October 13

Hispanic Heritage Month on AFN|movie top

For the celebration, AFN will present movies featuring Latin themes revolving around Hispanic culture, struggles and everyday life. AFN|movie will premiere a new feature for the celebration every Friday at 7pm.

Friday, September 20, 2013

In the Time of the ButterfliesIn the Time of the Butterflies
Inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters, were murdered in 1960 for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government of the Dominican Republic. Their bodies were found at the bottom of a cliff, after their fierce opposition to General Trujillo’s dictatorship. This is the story of how they lost their wings, but not their courage. They were Las Mariposas – “The Butterflies”. Stars Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos and Marc Anthony.


Bordertown, 8:45pm CET/JKT
A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso. Stars: Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas.

Friday, September 27

Ask the DustAsk the Dust
Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm. Stars: Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell.


From Prada to Nada, 9:10 pm CET/JKT
A Latina spin on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” where two spoiled sisters who were left penniless after their father’s sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. Stars: Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega.

Friday, October 4

No BoundariesNo Boundaries
Isabel Moreno crosses the border into the United States, thinking only of making enough money to save her deathly ill mother. In Philadelphia, she is embraced by her cousin’s family and friends. She is surprised to find a new family far from home, but even more surprised to fall in love with the one man that could put her right back where she started, Christopher Fox, an immigration agent. Faced with an ultimatum, Isabel is forced to question her loyalties and choose between her freedom and the love of her life. Stars: Dani Garza and Mark McGraw.


Price of Glory, 9pm CET/JKT
An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. Stars: Jimmy Smits, Jon Seda and Maria del Mar.

Friday, October 11

Meddling MomMeddling Mom
Carmen Vega is guilty of being a meddling mom. Her crimes include sneaking into her daughter Yolanda’s home to leave behind “how to” books on starting a family, and manipulating daughter Ally into a doomed relationship with best friend Marisol’s son Pablo. Now Carmen Vega, notorious mother of good intentions, is about to get a crash course in butting out and maybe even find a romantic life of her own. Stars: Sonia Braga, Tony Plano, Ana Ayora and Mercedes Renard.


Mi Familia, 8:30pm CET/JKT
This movie chronicles three generations of an immigrant family’s trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry and face deportation all in the 1930’s. They establish their family in East L.A., and their children deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 50’s. As the second generation become adults in the 60’s, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy’s journey to becoming a responsible parent. Stars Jimmy Smits, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Lopez.