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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage, integrity, and perseverance are big messages here.
Positive Role Models
Cristina is strong and committed to making change in the Hollywood community.
Main characters are Latinx; Cristina is from the Dominican Republic and Afro-Latina.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rizo is a short film about a young actress who is having a hard time booking auditions. Every actor knows the drill -- show up, sit in metal folding chairs with a bunch of other people that look exactly like you. But in young Afro-Latina actress's Cristina de Leon (Lauren Guzman)'s case, there's a difference: she has curly hair. Sometimes she books an audition, but they'll request that she straighten her hair. The film is partially in Spanish with subtitles. Language includes "s--t" and "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A winner of HBO's Latinx Short Film Competition, this direct film tells the sadly familiar tale of an actor grappling with the racism of the Hollywood machine. It's hard to tell a full story in 15 minutes, so the ending feels a little rushed. But the point is made, even though it's not a fair one: sometimes you can beat the system by becoming a part of it. In doing so, though, Cristina, now in power, gives opportunities to other women like her
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