From Music to Baseball to the Influence of Latin Culture, Discovery En...

From Music to Baseball to the Influence of Latin Culture, Discovery En Español Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Special Programs Airing Sept. 17 through Oct. 17



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Silverspring, MD–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 15, 2004–Discovery en Español’s fourth annual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month airs September 17 through October 17 and features legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz, two talented young baseball players from the Dominican Republic, actresses Salma Hayek, María Félix and Norma Aleandro, Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodóvar, author Gabriel García Márquez and a host of other well-known personalities in a total of 11 compelling specials.

This year, Discovery en Español presents three U.S. premieres during Hispanic Heritage Month, including LATIN BEAT, which examines the role of Latin culture on contemporary life in North America; CHAVELA VARGAS, a profile of the great singer; and CHANGE UP, a moving documentary about two Dominican teenagers trying to make it into America’s Major League Baseball. Additionally, Discovery en Español will air a network premiere of LA CUBA MÍA, featuring Celia Cruz in one of her final performances.

Discovery en Español celebrates the true spirit and diversity of its audience with evenings of cultural icons, living legends, community voices and everyday heroes.

Following is a rundown of the programming:

Friday, September 17, 8-10 PM ET/PT (U.S. Premiere)

LATIN BEAT (LATIDO LATINO)

A documentary about influence of Hispanic culture on North American society.

Friday, September 17, 10-11 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

SEARCHING FOR AMERICA: THE LIFE OF RUBÉN BLADES (BUSCANDO AMÉRICA: LA VIDA DE RUBÉN BLADES)

A profile of the award-winning musician, actor and social activist.

Friday, September 24, 8-9 PM ET/PT (U.S. Premiere)

CHAVELA VARGAS (CHAVELA VARGAS)

A compelling portrait of the legendary singer.

Friday, September 24, 9-10 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

NORMA ALEANDRO (NORMA ALEANDRO)

A look at the first lady of Argentina’s silver screen.

Friday, September 24, 10-11 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ: BEWITCHED WRITING (GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ: LA ESCRITURA EMBRUJADA)

Meet the world famous Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez.

Friday, October 1, 8-9 PM ET/PT (Network Premiere)

MY CUBA (LA CUBA MÍA)

See Celia Cruz in one of her final concerts, the April 2001 “Cuba Mía” concert in Miami.

Friday, October 1, 9-10 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

THE INDOMITABLE MARÍA FÉLIX (MARÍA FÉLIX: LA INDOMABLE)

A profile of Mexican screen legend María Félix.

Friday, October 1, 10-11 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

GAUDÍ’S SHADOWS (LAS SOMBRAS DE GAUDÍ)

The story of one of the most controversial architects of the 20th century.

Friday, October 8, 8-9 PM ET/PT (U.S. Premiere)

CHANGE UP (CAMBIO)

Two friends from the Dominican Republic share the dream of pursuing a career in professional baseball.

Friday, October 8, 9-10 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

SOCCER: A BUSINESS AND A PASSION (FUTBOL: NEGOCIO Y PASIÓN)

An exposé about the business of soccer in Latin America.

Friday, October 8, 10-11 PM ET/PT (Encore Presentation)

SURVIVORS: VOICES OF A TRAGEDY (SOBREVIVIENTES: VOCES DE UNA TRAGEDIA)

A group of survivors of the famous Uruguayan Air Force plane crash in the Andes revisits the crash site.

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From Music to Baseball to the Influence of Latin Culture, Discovery En Español Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Special Programs Airing Sept. 17 through Oct. 17