Phillip Rodriguez thought that Oscar Zeta Acosta is an enigma.
This is the reason the filmmaker wanted to delve into Acosta’s life.
And the result is the documentary “The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo,” which airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, on New Mexico PBS, Channel 5.1.
“I feel it is a storyteller’s obligation to shine new light on stories, such as Acosta’s, that have been systematically neglected or distorted by mainstream culture,” Rodriguez says. “In a society where the Chicano experience is so often reduced to caricature, a sensitive, nuanced rendering of this complex brown man was long overdue.”