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La Plaza; Vanessa: The Orange Thrower


La Plaza / Cine Festival: Vanessa: The Orange Thrower

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La Plaza
Vanessa: The Orange Thrower
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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

A satire about Catholic guilt and family values Latino-style, this program examines the tragic-comic problems a Puerto Rican teen creates for herself, her family and her community when she lies about being pregnant in order to get attention. By local filmmaker Kimberly Caviness. 16mm.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Vanessa: The Orange Thrower,” 03/01/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_579F8323DEDC458796CB195EE816222F.
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