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Season 5, Episode 2 Foto-Novelas 2: 'Junkyard Saints' and 'Broken Sky'

First Aired: October 21, 2003

Two haunting “foto-novelas,” Latin American pulp dramas with mystical overtones, adapted by filmmaker Carlos Avila and filmed in and around San Antonio. The first, “Junkyard Saints,” concerns a teenage father (Jeremy Ray Valdez), a drug dealer and dashboard saints recovered from car wrecks. Clemente: Leon Singer. Then, in “Broken Sky” (inspired by the Woody Guthrie song “Deportees”), an aging and ailing California farmworker (Victor Campos) has visions of his wife (Diane Uribe) who died in a plane crash some 50 years before. She's urging him to join her on another flight. Mario: Robert Beltran.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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