The network owned by one of Mexico’s most prestigious educational institutions, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), is celebrating Día de muertos with a special marathon airing of the successful suspense series Niño Santo. The binge viewing marathon begins on Monday, October 28, at 11p.m. ET/8p.m. PT and continues through Sunday, November 3, on Once TV México’s international signal.
Niño Santo is a six-episode fiction series based on Niño Fidencio, one of the most famous healers in the history of Mexico. Even though the Catholic Church does not recognize him as a saint, his devoted followers extend well into the United States.
The Niño Santo story takes place in an island town called Manglares that suffers an outbreak of cholera, worrying public health officials, sanitation authorities and politicians. Three young doctors are sent to the island to give vaccinate people from the area but during their stay they discover a strange cult lead by a kid who heals the ill and swears that the town is being touched by the hand of God. As a series of strange events unfolds, the doctors try to keep their opinions to themselves in the name of science. But the more “miracles” they witness the young healer perform, the more challenges there are in the science versus faith debate.
Niño Santo is an original idea from Pablo Cruz (Voy a explotar, Déficit, Sin Nombre, Abel) created by Mauricio Katz (Miss Bala, Verdaderamente Durazo) and Pedro Petraño (La Nana, Los Gatos Viejos, Plan Z, 31 Minutos). The series was directed by David Alcalde and Sebastián Silva. The series stars Gabino Rodríguez, Karla Souza, José María de Tavira, Francisco de la Reguera, Harold Torres, Gerardo Taracena and Noé Hernández, among others.