National Re-Broadcast of A CLASS APART on PBS American Experience - March 21 (check local listings)


A Mexican American Civil Rights Story

National re-broadcast on PBS American Experience
Monday, March 21 at 9:00 pm
(please check local listings)

“An eye-opening PBS documentary on a 1954 Supreme Court case that redefined Mexican-America civil rights.
An outstanding work of non-fiction TV.” – Baltimore Sun

“Necessary viewing.” – San Antonio Express-News

“A vivid documentary.” – TV America

Imagen Award winner, Best TV Documentary


Producer/Director: Carlos Sandoval; Co-Producer: Peter Miller
Genre: Documentary
Length: 1 Episode/60 Minutes

A CLASS APART tells the little known story of how a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers take their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court and win the first decision to begin dismantling Jim Crow – issued two weeks before Brown v. Board of Education. This one-hour historical documentary is more than the story of a case – it’s the story of a people. It uses the Hernandez case as a through-line to shed light on the under-reported history of systematic discrimination faced by Mexican-Americans in the Southwest, their early civil rights struggle, and to explore cutting-edge issues of racial politics and identity among Latinos. A CLASS APART is a co-production of Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) for American Experience.

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Produced and Directed by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller

Narrated by Edward James Olmos
Edited by Aaron Vega
Written by Carlos Sandoval
Associate Producer Michael Jordi Valdés
Director of Photography Allen Moore
Original Music by Steven Schoenberg
Associate Editor Paul Docherty


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