Latino Public Broadcasting today premieres new online short films on PBS.org as part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande” is an animated short from award-winning Chicano media artist John Jota Leaños.
The film uses humor, hip hop and comic book style animation to tell the story of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 – a pan-Indian uprising that successfully expelled the Spanish occupiers from the Rio Grande region and led to an indigenous cultural and social renaissance.
Also available online is the three-part “New American Girls.” Produced by Mitchell Teplitsky and Betty Bastidas, the short documentary profiles three young women, brought to the U.S. as young children by undocumented parents and raised and educated here, who are aiming for careers in medicine, law and education. These DREAMers tell their stories.
In addition to these online premieres, local PBS stations will re-air several recent LPB-funded programs, including the acclaimed series “The Latino Americans,” several episodes of which are also available on PBS.org, “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle,” and “Rebel.”