Parents' Guide to

The Latino List

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Top-notch documentary features strong Latino role models.

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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 in The Latino List 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.

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