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LATINO INSTITUTE AND EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS HOST WATCH PARTIES FOR UPCOMING PREMIERE OF LANDMARK PBS DOCUMENTARY LATINO AMERICANS – PHOENIX, SEPT. 17, 24 & OCT. 1

Eight, Arizona PBS kicks off debut of three-part documentary with live viewing, featuring special guests and live entertainment

WHAT:  Eight, Arizona PBS in partnership with the City of Phoenix Latino Institute, will host three community engagement events to celebrate the premiere of the new three-part, six-hour PBS documentary series Latino Americans, which airs nationally Sept. 17 during Hispanic Heritage Month, airing on Eight, Arizona PBS at 7 p.m. local time. The events will feature a live viewing of the landmark film with a discussion of the Latino experience with special guests during an intermission. Live entertainment and light refreshments will also be featured.

LATINO AMERICANS, narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt and directed by Emmy Award-winning series producer Adriana Bosch, is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

The film features interviews with nearly 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture, including entertainer Rita Moreno, the star of West Side Story and winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards; labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, who in the 1960s co-founded with César Chávez the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers of America; Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House; and Cuban-American singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 100 million solo and Miami Sound Machine albums globally.  The film can also be viewed in Spanish language on the alternate audio channel.

WHERE:  The historic A.E. England Building in downtown Phoenix (424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004), adjacent to Civic Space Park.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 17 and September 24 - from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m. and October 1 - from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

PHOTO OPPS:  Featured guest speakers will be available for interviews and photos before and after the event. Live entertainment, public Q&A.

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource. For 50 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.