WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
Host Ruben Martinez travels to Spain & Latin America, where contact first occurred between Spanish conquistadors & native peoples
Aired Monday 9/27/2010 at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV
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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, from filmmaker Carl Byker (ANDREW JACKSON: GOOD, EVIL AND THE PRESIDENCY) and hosted by award-winning author and journalist Rubén Martínez, presents a vivid exploration of the first century after the “Old World” encountered the “New World.” Written by Martínez and Byker, this 90-minute documentary illuminates the origins of today’s Latino culture through the largely untold story of the Americas after Columbus. The journey begins on the streets of Los Angeles in 2010 and travels to Spain and Latin America, where contact first occurred between Spanish conquistadors and native peoples. By the time the Spanish arrived, Indigenous civilization had developed a highly sophisticated society, including advanced architectural, agricultural and textile practices that in many ways surpassed those of the invaders. This epic odyssey traces the impact that these and many other “New World” innovations had on the “Old World” during an era almost always described as “the conquest.” In reality, the most important consequence of the era was the radical change that both worlds experienced, resulting in an entirely new “mestizo” or mixed culture, an important part of the heritage of more than 30 million Latinos in the U.S. today.