On Sunday, April 29th at 8pm ET, El Rey Network will premiere Stand United — a new documentary special presented by Ram Trucks that chronicles the lives of America’s unsung heroes and everyday acts of courage.
Produced by El Rey founder and acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado, Spy Kids), Stand United takes viewers down America’s backroads in search of the real-life examples of grit, integrity and courage with three up-and-coming filmmakers helping tell their stories.
From nomadic linemen in Livermore, California, who go from town to town to build and repair America’s power grid, to the Native American basketball coach in Chinle, Arizona, who dedicates his life to mentoring kids on the reservation where he lives, Stand United offers a portrait of the American spirit – capturing the country’s inner and outer beauty with breathtaking cinematography and the emotional resonance of real-life people and their inspiring stories.
“This project’s raw spirit of duty, family and community is what we’re all about at El Rey, and I’m proud to present it to our viewers,” said Robert Rodriguez. “Stand United highlights ordinary people on extraordinary journeys and is a tribute to the hard-working, everyday Americans who tirelessly serve as the backbone of this country.”
“I hope Stand United reminds people that we encounter real heroes in our lives every day and that each of us has the power to be that hero, too — for our families and for our greater communities,” Rodriguez told Deadline. “With everything that’s happening today, it’s tempting to feel hopeless and overwhelmed about how you – just one person – can really help and make a difference. But this film highlights how there’s glory in the everyday small victories.
El Rey Network is a Latino-infused entertainment brand that revels in the courage, capacity, and creativity of ordinary people on extraordinary journeys. Launched by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network develops and produces linear and digital programming as well as integrated branded entertainment offerings. El Rey Network is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade with a minority stake held by Univision.