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WNET Channel Thirteen, celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with its 14th annual Cantos Latinos.

August 26, 2003 -- The vibrant notes of salsa music. Forgotten war heroes. An all-female orchestra in Cuba. Hollywood legends. Throughout September, Thirteen/WNET New York presents its 14th annual CANTOS LATINOS, a multi-faceted celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring programs on an array of relevant subjects and themes. Keith Hernandez, World Champion baseball player and current broadcaster for the New York Mets on the MSG Network, will host.

This year's CANTOS LATINOS kicks off Monday, September 1 at 9 p.m. with the acclaimed documentary BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, Wim Wenders' 1999 film about a group of elderly Cuban musicians long forgotten in their own country. Thirteen's special presentation of the film honors featured singer-guitarist Compay Segundo, who died in July at the age of 95.

CUBA MIA: PORTRAIT OF AN ALL-WOMAN ORCHESTRA (Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m.) turns the spotlight on female musicians in Cuba, profiling the classical music group Camerata Romeu, one of the country's foremost chamber orchestras. The exciting world of the Latin music scene in 1950s, '60s, and '70s New York comes back to life in LARRY HARLOW AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF SALSA (Sunday, September 21 at 7 p.m.), which features Latin music legend Larry Harlow -- a "Jewish kid from Brooklyn" -- spotlighting the clubs and personalities that gave those years their unique feel.

It's off to Tinseltown Saturday, September 6 at 10:30 p.m., when HISPANIC HOLLYWOOD recounts the struggles and celebrates the legacies of stars from Carmen Miranda, Cesar Romero, and Jose Ferrer to Rita Hayworth and Mexican-born Anthony Quinn.

P.O.V.: SOLDADOS/THE SIXTH SECTION (Tuesday, September 2 at 10 p.m.) looks first at the experience of Mexican-Americans in the Vietnam War (SOLDADOS) and then at a group of Mexican immigrants as they struggle to support themselves -- and those they left behind -- in upstate New York (THE SIXTH SECTION). Ivan Dariel's HEROES WITHOUT A CAUSE (Saturday, September 6 at 9 p.m.) returns to the topic of Vietnam, following two young Puerto Rican soldiers there and looking at the impact of the war on the island nation, from which 48,000 men were recruited to fight.

Then in THE BLUE DINER (Wednesday, September 17 at 9 p.m.), Miriam Colon and Lisa Vidal star as a Puerto Rican mother and daughter living in a Latino barrio of Boston and struggling to confront a lost father, a lost language, and a lost love.

Source: Thirteen/WNET Press Release.


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