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La Plaza; Libertad


La Plaza / Cine Festival: Libertad

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La Plaza
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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

Libertad mourns the death of her common-law husband Santiago with their two married sons on the day of the funeral. The house they live in is situated near the railroad tracks where Santiago worked all his life. In his will, Santiago leaves the house to his sons, with no mention of Libertad. Thus begins a family confilct that forces Santiago’s sons and their wives to pick sides as they confront the proud and spirited Libertad, even as she wrestles with the memory of her lost love. Directed by Miguel Najera. 35mm.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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