VOCES showcases Latino artists, athletes and performers who reflect their culture while defying all expectations.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, WXXI presents a VOCES Marathon on Friday, September 20, 2013 starting at 6 p.m. on WXXI World. VOCES is the only national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience. From the housing projects of Brooklyn to a Mexican wrestling ring, from the ranches of California to the crumbling beauty of Castro’s Cuba, VOCES shines a light on the unexpected.
The lineup includes:
Tales of Masked Men at 6 p.m., encore at 9 p.m.
Tales of Masked Men explores the fascinating, mysterious world of lucha libre and its role in Latino communities in the United States, Mexico and Latin America. Famous for its masked wrestlers and called by one aficionado “a sport in the key of melodrama,” lucha libre is part circus, part athletic contest, part theater.
Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart at 7 p.m.
Las Azaleas are a gutsy team of women rodeo riders vying to represent the U.S. at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where “to be Charro is to be Mexican.” Escaramuza, or skirmish, describes both their daredevil horseback ballets, ridden sidesaddle at top speed, and the intensity of their competition season. Neither life-altering challenges at home nor cartel violence across the border can keep Las Azaleas from their goal.
Unfinished Spaces at 8 p.m.
In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before the construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counter-revolutionary. These radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.