SOURCE: Discovery en Espanol

Discovery en Espanol

September 09, 2009 10:30 ET

During Hispanic Heritage Month, Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group Celebrates the Invincible Spirit Inherent in All Hispanics With Four Original Productions and the "Dreams Come True" Sweepstakes

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - Discovery en Español will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by leveraging what it does best, its spectacular documentaries and programs. The talented production crews at Discovery en Español have been hard at work filming and preparing original specials that will air, starting on September 20th, every Sunday night at 9 pm E/P during Hispanic Heritage Month.

This year's line-up of premieres celebrates Hispanic's optimism, determination, perseverance and courage to survive and conquer adversity. From a legendary pilgrimage that transformed the lives of field workers and gave rise to César Chávez, one of the most important Latino leaders in U.S. history in "La Marcha de las Uvas," to the never forgotten tragedies where heroes were born and the will to survive shines through in "Un Continente Tiembla," "Vivir Para Contarlo," and "Atrapados," each program captures the fighting spirit of a people as diverse as the countries from which they herald but with the same shared drive and aspirations.

"During Hispanic Heritage Month, we look to offer our audience programming that is objective, enriching, and relevant. This Hispanic Heritage Month Discovery en Español will celebrate Hispanics, not only through original programming, but also via a national sweepstakes that will offer one lucky winner the chance to get a head start and to make his or her dreams come true," said Luis Silberwasser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group.

Starting on September 15th, Discovery en Español will invite all Hispanics to actively participate in the national "Dreams come True" initiative, which incorporates both a sweepstakes component and a virtual online share at www.discoveryenespanol.com, where viewers can exchange stories of aspiration and triumph -- via video and photo uploads. The idea is for the effort to lead to nationwide submissions that will culminate in an online share that illustrates the dreams and achievements of Hispanics in the United States.

In addition, the microsite will also serve as the place for individuals to register for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize towards a dream of their choice. Whether it's the purchase of new house, continuing education, or a much awaited family reunion, Discovery en Español would like to contribute towards someone's special dream this Hispanic Heritage Month. To enter all that participants have to do is simply call 1.877.345.GANA or visit www.discoveryenespanol.com. All entries must be received before midnight on October 15th, 2009.

A rundown of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month original productions:

"La Marcha de las Uvas" - Sunday (9/20) 9-10 PM E/P

This inspiring special documents the triumph of Hispanic farm workers in their fight for equality. In March of 1966, Delano's Fields, California, Seventy Mexican-American grape pickers drop their tools to the ground and leave the field as they begin a pilgrimage of protest, the longest ever in U.S. history. They are accompanied by the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe and are led by a humble farmer. Throughout their journey they face adversity and threats yet they manage to convince others to join their cause. What began with 70 farmers marching through the countryside, culminated 25 days later, in Sacramento, with 10 thousand people. This one-hour special tells the true story of this epic march. Above all, it recounts how this uprising became a symbol for oppressed minorities and led to the rise of one of the most important Latino leaders in U.S. history: César Chávez -- the man behind the adage YES WE CAN (Sí se puede).

"Un Continente Tiembla" - Sunday (9/27) 9-10 PM E/P

Using archival footage and dramatizations, this documentary revisits some of the worst natural disasters throughout Latin America and captures the survivalist spirit of the people. Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Chile are located in a zone with high seismic activity. This area is a stage for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Beyond stories of survival, this documentary looks to uncover a people's resourcefulness by showcasing the new systems of monitoring and prediction being implemented that may go a long way in mitigating these disasters in the future.

"Atrapados" - Sunday (10/4) 9-10 PM E/P

The death of 65 miners after an explosion at a coal mine in Northern Mexico has focused the spotlight on what is perhaps the world's most dangerous industry at a time when mining is booming in Mexico and throughout Latin America. With the unfolding human story of the Mexican disaster as its central theme and the fight for the lives of those buried underground as its focus, "Atrapados" will give viewers a timely look inside an age-old industry that has always been -- and continues to be -- among the riskiest on earth. The program will examine what happened at the ill-fated Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila, how the trapped miners were cut off behind caved-in roofs with insufficient oxygen, and how and why the rescue workers, even after days of courageous efforts, were unable to reach them in time.

"Vivir Para Contarlo" - Sunday (10/11) 9-10 PM E/P

This series relives some of the most terrible tragedies in Latin America, from the view point of the survivors, the rescue teams and the journalists who covered them. The special takes viewers behind the scenes to make sense of the causes and consequences, showcasing the context, both historical and human. Each of the six episodes will cover one particular tragedy, mixing archival footage, interviews, CGI, "where are they now" sequences and high-quality dramatization. The series begins on Sunday 10/11 with "Avalancha" and runs every Thursday starting on 10/29.

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