My latest for NBCL
Is there really a ‘shared Latino history?’
This week, the six-hour “Latino Americans” documentary made its national debut. I was one of the few who actually received the whole series in advance and was excited about the prospect.
Yet when I saw it, I was disinterested until the series moved into more modern times with first-person accounts.
Like one friend said to me, “This series feels like going to a really cool history class with a very bad professor.” One reviewer said it best: “The documentary, narrated by Benjamin Bratt (son of a Peruvian mother), is rather dry in spite of the rich subject matter. It’s particularly slow-going at the start (the pre-Alamo section is a slog), but it picks up steam as the chronology moves toward the modern age with notables contributing first-person accounts.”
Don’t get me wrong, the early content needed to be examined and yes, a large…
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