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PBS to premiere “El Poeta” in May

The documentary, following Mexican poet Javier Sicilia (pictured) as he travels across the U.S. to call attention to the impact of the U.S. "war on drugs," will debut as part of the public broadcaster's 'Voces' strand.
April 6, 2015

El Poeta, a documentary following Mexican poet Javier Sicilia as he travels across the U.S. to call attention to the impact of the increasingly militarized U.S. “war on drugs,” will premiere on PBS in May as part of the public broadcaster’s ‘Voces’ strand.

The film, from Loteria Films’ Kelly Duane de la Vega¬†and Katie Galloway, documents Sicilia’s efforts to create an international peace movement calling attention to the lives lost in the drug war, following the killing of his 24-year-old son, Juan Francisco, in 2011.

Filmed over a three-year span, the story charts the creation of Sicilia’s “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” as it makes its way through Mexican cities such as Juarez, Chihuahua, and Durango, and then heads across the U.S.

El Poeta premieres on PBS on May 1, as part of ‘Voces’, Latino Public Broadcasting’s arts and culture strand on PBS, presented by PBS SoCal.

(Photo: Peter Hapak)

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