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La Plaza
La Ofrenda
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

From Season 13:

Whereas previous documentary collaboration between filmmakers Lourdes Portillo and Susana Munoz, Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (1985), had focused on the resistance of a group of women to State terror in Munoz's native Argentina, La Ofrenda, explores Portillo's cultural heritage: a Mexico of childhood memory and today's Mission District, the Chicano and Latino barrio of San Francisco, California. The script however, purposefully denies biography as an organizing principle of the film bycreating an anonymous voiceover commentary. The alternation of two nameless narrators, one male, one female, serves to stress historical and cultural continuity, incounterpart to the community events presented in the film.

Foregrounding its gendered narration, the film specifically "speaks to" the Latino community, to all women and men who, like Portillo, have journeyed are some time from Latin America to the United States or who live simultaneously in both cultures. The film also addresses children, the progeny of patriarchal and matriarchal narrative voices, thus affirming Latino culture and history within the contemporary multicultural society of the United States and contemplating a future diverse society in which there would be hopefully no racism.

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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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