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La Plaza; Viva Zapata, Tierra y Libertad


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La Plaza
Viva Zapata, Tierra y Libertad
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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

An extraordinary journey into the lives and dreams of the indigenous people form Chiapas, Mexico. After 500 years of oppression, the Zapatistas raise their voices and share with us a moving testimony about their ongoing struggle for freedom and justice. La Plaza brings back from Chiapas and urgent message from these indigenous people.

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Viva Zapata, Tierra y Libertad,” 05/05/1995, GBH Archives, accessed December 8, 2023,
MLA: “La Plaza; Viva Zapata, Tierra y Libertad.” 05/05/1995. GBH Archives. Web. December 8, 2023. <>.
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