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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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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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