Documentary humanizes journalist Ruben Salazar

Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar.

LOS ANGELES: Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar is more famous for his dramatic death than his life, but a new documentary seeks to change that.

Many consider Salazar a martyr of the Chicano Movement after he was struck by tear gas projectile fired by a sheriff's deputy during a 1970 riot in Los Angeles.

The new documentary airing Tuesday on PBS focuses on his life and cultural identity as he moved in and out of Mexican and American worlds.

The nearly hour-long film "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" details the life of the Los Angeles Times journalist through photographs, videos and interviews with his relatives, friends and colleagues.

The documentary does not address Salazar's death, which many believe was an intentional killing, though director Phillip Rodriguez says he is not among them.





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