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The Latino Experience, POV: Landfall, and In Their Own Words: Pope Francis
are part of the July 2021 Lineup

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - July 1, 2021

WTTW recently released its July programming schedule, and its content includes a special focus on Latinx community news, arts, and culture.  Highlights are The Latino Experience, a series of short films exploring the diverse experiences of the Latino/a/x community; POV: Landfall, a film that examines troubling aspects of Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane María; and In Their Own Words: Pope Francis, the story of an Argentinian man who became the first-ever Pope from the Americas.

WTTW’s July Latinx programming includes:

  • The Latino Experience (Part 1 of 3)
    Tuesday, July 6 from 9:00-10:00 pm
    Explore a broad collection of experiences, perspectives, and points of view through a variety of short films that highlight the diversity of the Latino/a/x community and illuminate the vibrancy of the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In part one, a little boy tries to help his sickly grandfather. Women grapple with life on the border. Latinx letterpress printers combine art with social practice. A sentimentalist works to fulfill her bucket list. LGBTQ dance couples blaze a trail.

  • NOVA: Cuba’s Cancer Hope
    Wednesday, July 7 from 9:00-10:00 pm
    When the U.S. trade embargo left Cuba isolated from medical resources, Cuban scientists developed their own promising cancer vaccines. Can they team up with U.S. partners to make them available to all?

  • Wonders of Mexico: Mountain Worlds (Part 2 of 3)
    Wednesday, July 7 from 10:00-11:00 pm
    Discover an amazing diversity of life and culture in Mexico’s great chain of mountains, the Sierra Madre.

  • Wonders Great Performances: Gloria Estefan – Sangre Yoruba
    Friday, July 9 from 9:00-10:30 pm
    Adventure through three of Brazil's most influential cities with the Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Estefan as she explores the origins of its music through its people and offers an inside look at the creation of her new Brazilian-influenced album.

  • Beyond the Canvas: Modern Mexico
    Friday, July 9 from 10:30-11:00 pm
    Hear from some of Mexico's most prominent figures as they highlight their country's emergence as a global arts center and share how some of Mexico's innovators are surviving amid the COVID-19 pandemic

  • POV: Landfall
    Monday, July 12 from 10:00-11:30 pm
    This film tells the story of Puerto Rico’s recovery after the devastation of Hurricane María. As the island grapples with a devastated infrastructure and multi-billion-dollar debt, outside investors descend — not to bail out communities, but to cash in. The next generation of Puerto Ricans find themselves at an inflection point: when the world falls apart, what does a just recovery look like?

  • Wonders of Mexico: Burning North (Part 3 of 3)
    Wednesday, July 14 from 10:00-11:00 pm
    The animals of natural wonders of two great deserts, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan, are highlighted.

  • Great Performances: Roots of Latin Jazz
    Friday, July 16 from 10:00-11:00 pm
    Hosted by Sheila E., this program celebrates the rhythms of Latin music with the Raices Jazz Orchestra and performances by Grammy-winning artists, including Richard Bona and Anaadi. Hosted by Sheila E.

  • POV: Stateless
    Monday, July 19 from 10:00-11:30 pm
    This documentary follows families of those affected by the 2013 legislation stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, uncovering the complex history and present-day politics of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through the grassroots electoral campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris.

  • In Their Own Words: Pope Francis
    Tuesday, July 20 from 8:00-9:00 pm
    Learn what experiences led an Argentinean man named Jorge Bergoglio to the highest office in the Catholic Church. Taking the name Francis, he is the first pope from the Americas, and the first non-European and first Jesuit priest to be named pope.

  • The Latino Experience (Part 3 of 3)
    Tuesday, July 20 from 9:00-10:00 pm
    An artist longs to paint a hillside community green. A single mother and veteran takes a new job that triggers her PTSD. A woman's deceased parents return to help her during the pandemic. A family grapples with politics during a holiday dinner.

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