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La Plaza; El Rio


La Plaza / Cine Festival: El Rio

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La Plaza
El Rio
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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

Travelling down the Aguarico river as they collect debts from customers, Escalante, a tradesman, and Vicente, his new assistant, continuously clash over their conflicting ideas about the river and the surrounding rain forest. Escalante respects the river's life; Vicente plans to further exploit it. Directed by Enrique Chediak. 16mm.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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