Tonight (Monday, June 15, 2009) at 9pm, PBS aired the documentary film Roberto Clemente, written, directed, and produced by Bernardo Ruiz. This film won the 2008 NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary. From the American Experience (PBS) series, this documentary chronicles the life of famed Puerto Rican baseball player, the late Roberto Clemente.
Roberto Clemente’s untimely death brought his spectacular baseball career to an abrupt end. But Clemente was more than just an exceptional baseball player, he was also a committed humanitarian, who challenged racial discrimination and became an inspiring role-model as baseball’s first Latino superstar. Through interviews with Clemente’s wife Vera, Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, and former teammates, Bernardo Ruiz presents an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose passion and grace made him a legend around the world and a national icon in his native Puerto Rico.
Bernardo Ruiz is a freelance writer and an award-winning filmmaker. He has been awarded grants from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Latino Public Broadcasting, and a New York Foundation on the Arts fellowship. He has written and produced non-fiction programming for PBS, the Discovery Networks, the National Geographic Channel, and MTV. He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
For an interview with director Bernardo Ruiz, see http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/clemente/storyHighlights/11/