WKAR filmmaker John J. Valadez searches for the remains of a legendary outlaw and reveals a painful and long ignored historical trauma: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the west.
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Thu Oct 5 at 2:30am WKAR World
Thu Oct 5 at 10:30am WKAR World
Sat Oct 7 at 9:30am WKAR World
Sat Oct 7 at 3:30pm WKAR World
WKAR World Ch. 23.2, Comcast 904, WOW 157
The Head of Joaquin Murrieta
For over a decade, filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853.
Using groundbreaking scholarship and working with a team of leading historians from across the country, Valadez provides a dissenting view of American history from a decidedly Chicano perspective. Deeply personal, irreverent and entertaining, the film tears open a painful and long ignored historical trauma that has never been explored on American television: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the west.
The film - produced and edited by Carleen L. Hsu - follows director John J. Valadez on a cross country journey as he discovers the untold story of the lynching of Mexican Americans, and his own family's connection to that troubled past.
The film is a co-production with WKAR/PBS in East Lansing and is scheduled to air on hundreds of PBS stations with a potential audience of over 230 million viewers.
Peabody Award winning filmmaker John J. Valadez recently joined WKAR and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU as a media producer and professor of practice. Valadez has written and directed a dozen nationally broadcast documentary films for PBS and CNN over the past 18 years. Two of his feature films for PBS – Passin’ It On and The Longoria Affair – have received Emmy nominations.
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Funding for this program was provided by
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, CAL HUMANITIES, LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING, WKAR, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, and THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.