The Latin Explosion: A New America

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Latin Explosion by HBO Documentary Films premiers November 16 at 6:00 PM PST on HBO.

Through stirring performances, archival footage and exclusive interviews, this HBO Documentary Films production spotlights many of the key Latino musical talents who helped shape America over the past 70 years, showing how a booming Latin population has embraced its homegrown talent and transformed the culture of America in the process. The film chronicles the emergence of Afro-Cuban music in New York City in the 1940s; the mainstream success of Desi Arnaz, Rita Moreno, Jose Feliciano and Carlos Santana in the 1950s and 1960s; the infectious rise  of salsa in the 1970s; and the emergence of crossover stars like Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan in the 1980s. The film also profiles 1990s breakout talents like Selena, Ricky Martin, Thalía, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, as well as recent megastars like Pitbull and Romeo Santos, all of whom cite the importance of previous generations who overcame deep-rooted prejudice and broke down cultural barriers, while proudly embracing their Latin roots

With over 50 million Latinos living in the U.S. today, Tommy Mottola HBO documentary “The Latin Explosion,” could not come at a better time. The film with will include talents such as Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Thalía, Eva Longoria, Sofía Vergara, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, George Lopez, amongst others. As well as John Leguizamo as the narrator for both, the English version and a voice-over version in Spanish for HBO Latino. The first tráiler begins with Ricky Martin, pointing out that “the U.S. is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.” Check it out!

Poster for "The Latin Explosion: A New America."Courtesy of HBO

Poster for “The Latin Explosion: A New America.”Courtesy of HBO