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15: A Quinceañera Story

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Rite-of-passage docu celebrates family, gratitude.

TV Max Reality TV 2018
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The heartwarming documentary profiles a diverse group of Latina teens from different parts of the United States who are celebrating their entrance into womanhood. But unlike unscripted TV shows like Sweet 15: Quinceañera and My Super Sweet 16 that focus heavily on the materialistic, over-the-top bling these parties are often associated with, their stories focus on their ethnic and cultural experiences, and the personal significance of the event within their unique life stories. Granted, there's still a fair amount of choreographed dance routines, photo shoots, tiaras, and big ball gowns. However, these things are presented within larger contexts that underscore the hard work that made it possible to purchase them, and the generosity of their padrinos and madrinas (godfathers and godmothers), who go out of their way to ensure that traditions are followed, and that the birthday girl has a wonderful day.

These stories are entrenched in Latino traditions and in some cases, religious values. But they also reveal how important being an American is to these women, and how their Stateside heritage also informs who they are. While some of these conversations are specific to their quinceañera, this appreciation is also expressed through the young women's choices to live in ways that are true to themselves, and how they are accepted by those around them. Furthermore, they openly voice their gratitude for the sacrifices the generations of loved ones have made to ensure that they live happy, healthy lives in the U.S. Overall, 15: A Quinceañera Story offers a humble and meaningful look at what this rite of passage is, and what it represents in the lives of these young women and their families.

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