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La Plaza; Sweet Fifteen


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La Plaza
Sweet Fifteen
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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

Rosa Santiago, a working class single mother of four is in the last planning days of her oldest daughter Vanessa’s Quinceañera. The Quinceañera is not a simple party. It is a coming of age ceremony celebrated on a Latina girl’s fifteenth birthday. Modern festivities require toasts, blessings, tiaras, gowns, limousines, top hats – all the trappings of a wedding. In the United States, Latino families of all economic classes are spending thousands of dollars to create an event that will honor their daughters and dazzle their communities. Despite the catastrophic financial pressure this event creates, Rosa, like so many other Latino parents, has decided that it is important enough to make the sacrifices. But two weeks before the big event, Rosa's plans unravel and she is unsure if she will be able to pull it off.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Sweet Fifteen,” 01/16/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E9A7A49747CA4889AB04FE5D054A5D5A.
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