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Filmed on location throughout Texas, Songs of the Homeland tells the story of Tejano Music. This critically acclaimed documentary features images of the past and present and includes performances and interviews with musical pioneers such as Tony de la Rosa, Valerio Longoria, Lydia Mendoza, Isidro Lopez, Sunny Ozuna, Mingo Saldivar, and Little Joe Hernandez. Produced by award winning filmmaker Hector Galan, Songs of the Homeland is an exuberant journey into the heart and soul of Tejano music.
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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Hector Galán is considered one of the top documentary producers working today. His documentaries have been broadcast nationally on PBS. With a career spanning 25 yrs, his accomplishments include eleven episodes of the PBS Series FRONTLINE, two programs for the PBS series THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Los Mineros and The Hunt for Pancho Villa, Songs of the Homeland, the landmark PBS documentary series Chicano!History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, and most recently, The Forgotten Americans, a one hour special on the colonias of the Texas/Mexico Border to be broadcast on PBS. Currently, Galan is working on a four part documentary series on Latino Arts and Culture in America.Review:
"One of the Strengths of Songs of the Homeland is its multigenerational reach and the way it shows how the cultural sea changes were reflected in the music." -- City Paper, Baltimore, 1995
"One of the most important documentaries ever produced on the history of Tejano Music... It is a compelling thought provoking piece not to be missed." -- San Antonio Express News, September 21, 1995
"You couldn't ask for a more comprehensive-or more accessible-introduction to Tejano music than Songs of the Homeland." -- Texas Monthly, September, 1995
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