Doc trio set for PBS, L.A. Latino film fest

'Dominga,' 'Poet,' 'Tears' funded by LPB

MIAMI — Latino Public Broadcasting will present three docus in competition at the Los Angeles Latino Intl. Film Fest, which will unspool July 18-Aug 2.

The three documentaries were all funded in part by LPB. In addition to national broadcasts on PBS, they are scheduled to screen theatrically.

Patricia Flynn’s “Discovering Dominga” follows the return of a 27-year-old Iowa housewife to the Guatemalan village of her birth — where she was the sole survivor of an army-paramilitary massacre of more than 200 Maya Indians in 1982. Produced in association with KQED San Francisco and a co-presentation with “POV” and Independent Television Service, it will air on PBS July 8 at 10.

‘Streets’ story

Jonathan Robinson’s “Every Child Is Born a Poet” is based on Nuyorican writer, educator and activist Piri Thomas’ autobiographical novel “Down These Mean Streets.” It will air next year on PBS through Independent Lens.

David Sandoval and Hart Perry’s “Valley of Tears” is a feature-length docu about the struggle of Mexican-Americans in a small town in the Rio Grande Valley to overcome inequalities perpetuated by Anglo powerbrokers.

Oscar hopes

The Independent Documentary Assn. has selected this film for Academy Award consideration; it will air on PBS next year.

The three docus will screen July 19 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. LPB, funded by the Corp. for Public Broadcasting, supports noncommercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans.

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