A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The documentary highlights the important role Latinos play in the United States, as well as the challenges they faced while working to reach their goals. Commentary on issues like racism, immigration, and bigotry are also offered. Themes include integrity and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Each of the individuals featured serve as role models and mentors for Latinos, but they are also role models for the community-at-large thanks to their groundbreaking efforts.
Violence & Scariness
Contains occasional references to street violence and domestic violence in the home. One interviewee discusses getting slapped by her mother as a way to teach her an important lesson. Another discusses violent threats made against him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains brief references to topless dancing, venereal diseases, and sexual acts. Homosexuality is also discussed.
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Profanity ("s--t," "f--k") is occasionally heard, and one interviewee uses a rude gesture to make his point.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Contains references to drinking, drug addiction, and smoking cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Latino List is a documentary that features prominent Latinos from around the United States. It 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.
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 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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