In honor of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and President Obama’s recent nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, WLIW21 will broadcast The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story this Sunday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. This special 10th anniversary broadcast of WLIW21’s original production will feature footage from WLIW21’s Visions of Puerto Rico and Sotomayor’s nomination speech.
Originally produced by WLIW21 in 1999, The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story was the first program of its kind, embodying the honor and passion of a rich heritage. The film explores lives lived in two worlds – a bicultural existence that as many in the program describe it, can be equally enriching and unsettling. Entertainer Rita Moreno, late musician Tito Puente, actors Jimmy Smits and Miriam Colón, singers Justino Díaz and Ednita Nazario, author Esmeralda Santiago, tennis player Gigi Fernández, former Governor Pedro J. Rosselló (NPP – Puerto Rico) and many others share their personal stories in a dynamic celebration of Puerto Rican life in America. Watch now.
Watch a Worldfocus report on how the news of Sotomayor’s nomination is playing in Latin America and the role of women in the judiciary in Latin America.