Latino Public Broadcasting Showcase
Join us in spotlighting these distinguished U.S. Latino filmmakers in this showcase sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting.
Gabriela Quiros / Latino Public Broadcasting Showcase / Costa Rica/USA / 2014 / Documentary / 55 minsWhat if you desperately wanted a baby, but your country and religion prohibited you from trying the one medical treatment that could help you conceive? Beautiful Sin tells the decade-long story of three couples struggling with infertility, who take the Costa Rican government before an international human rights court to demand the right to use In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In a region rocked by battles over reproductive rights, the story told in Beautiful Sin is without a doubt the strangest. In the year 2000, anti-abortion activists, with the help of the Catholic Church and a U.S. political group won a legal case that banned IVF in Costa Rica, and gave the embryo legal rights. Beautiful Sin is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a religious ideology such as the "personhood of the embryo" becomes law.
Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick / Latino Public Broadcasting Showcase / United States / 2014 / Documentary / 85 minsYou’ve seen the headlines; you may have seen the picket lines; but you may not have had a chance to understand the plight of the modern day food service worker. So a humble, very shy sandwich maker named Mahoma Lopez, begins his tale. It’s a tale about an undocumented employee uniting his coworkers to fight against the abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. This epic power struggle turns a single city block into a battlefield in America's new wage wars, and becomes the microcosm of an even greater issue.
Raymond Telles; Yvan Iturriaga / Latino Public Broadcasting Showcase / USA / 2014 / Documentary / 60 minsA Photographer’s Journey explores the life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero. Guerrero’s life story is extraordinary, and in many ways classically American. Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, where he attended “Mexican Only” segregated schools, Guerrero went on to serve in the Second World War, and became a major interpreter of modernist architecture and sculpture of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Guerrero’s photographs provide an insider’s look into three iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. With his images, Guerrero reveals the artists’ personalities and their creative process. A Photographer’s Journey is as much a portrait of the photographer as it is a panorama of the times, places and people Guerrero encountered, in a career that spanned more than 70 years.