The Latino List
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary, which features prominent Latinos from around the United States, underscores the diversity of the Latino community while highlighting some of the challenges members of this community continue to face. Interviews contain some references to sex and sexuality, some occasional strong language ("s--t," "f--k"), and discussions about controversial topics such as immigration and bigotry. It also contains positive messages about self-acceptance, empowerment, family, community, and working hard to reach one's goals.
What's the story?
From the creators of The Black List comes THE LATINO LIST, a documentary produced as part of a multimedia initiative designed to highlight the vibrant culture of Hispanic America. The film offers excerpts of 16 interviews of actors like America Ferrera and John Leguizamo, authors like Sandra Cisneros, and musicians like Gloria Estefan. Pro-golfer Chi-Chi Rodriguez, astronaut José Hernández, and community leaders, including Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor and ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, are also featured. From the different challenges they faced growing up, to the role their families and mentors play in their lives, each interviewee reveals the uniqueness of being Latino in America.
Is it any good?
The film offers a candid introduction to outstanding individuals who reflect the diverse Latino community in the United States. It underscores how Latinos often struggle in a country that categorizes them according to stereotypes and immigration status, while simultaneously negotiating their own understanding of race, language, and distinct cultural traits that set them apart from mainstream America. Meanwhile, interviewees also note the various ways they have been expected to either downplay their ethnicity or over-exaggerate ethnic traits in order to establish credibility in their individual professions.
The people featured are proud of who they are, and some of their stories are so poignant that they leave you wanting more. But what is offered here is definitely long enough to introduce a the Latino community and the general public to the many Latinos who have had a major and positive role in making this country what it is today.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the history of Latinos in this country. What does the term "Latino" mean? Is this different from "Hispanic"? Are all people from Spanish-speaking countries "Latino"? When looking at American history, what role have Latinos had in the formation of the United States?
Where do some of the stereotypes about Latinos come from? Do you think today's current political climate perpetuates these stereotypes? What about the media? What are some of the ways these stereotypes can be diffused?
Did you learn anything new from watching this documentary? Did anything surprise you?