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La Plaza; Favelas

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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

This is the edited version of the original 50 minute documentary “Favelas” by Chico Texeira ‘Favelas" is the Portugese term for “shanty-towns." Chico Teixeira’s poetic documentary explores the massive city of Favelas which is next to Sao Paulo and its impact on its inhabitants. We encounter moving testimonies form the Favelas’ inhabitants about their life from one painful day to another, struggling to survive at the margins of a society that rejects and despises them. First broadcast in 1992.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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