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La Plaza Special
Behind the Hoods
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

This special explores the lives of a group of Latino youths who have become one of the most renown gangs in Boston, Massachusetts, the "X-Men." This intense and moving documentary provides a close look at these young men, the forces which bind them together and how the gang structure offers them comfort, money and a sense of belonging--and also brings tragedy to their lives. Taped in the Egleston Square neighborhood in Boston.



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