Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype
Followed by a discussion with director Miguel Picker, actress Liza Colón-Zayas, actor Tony Plana, actress Julia Grob, Maria Agui Carter (Chair, National Association of Latino Independent Producers), and Latinos Beyond Reel producer Edwin Pagan
Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner, Inc.
Presented in cooperation with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
Dir. Miguel Picker. 2012, 84 mins. With Juan Gonzalez, Adrian Martinez, Isabel Molina, Chon Noriega, Alex Rivera, and others. Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, accounting for one-sixth of all. Yet across the American media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience are virtually nowhere to be found. Latinos Beyond Reel examines how American film and television portrays—and does not portray—Latinos. Actors, directors, producers, scholars, journalists, and community leaders uncover a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers, and welfare-leeching illegals. The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos. The screening will be followed by a lively town-hall style discussion.
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