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Latinos Beyond Reel

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Latinos Beyond Reel


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Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and among the most diverse - accounting for one-sixth of all Americans and tracing their origins to more than 20 countries. They are also a rising force in American politics. Yet across the American media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience are virtually nowhere to be found.

In Latinos Beyond Reel, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray - and do not portray - Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation - a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.

The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos. Features commentary from Charles Berg, Otto Santa Ana, Angharad Valdivia, Federico Subervi, Mari Castaneda, Chon Noriega, Isabel Molina, Alex Nogales, Juan Gonzalez, Moctesuma Esparza, Josefina Lopez, Alex Rivera, Luis Ramos, Lisa Vidal, and others.

DVD contains two versions: a full length version (84 minutes) and an abridged version (61 minutes).

Introduction | Invisible and Vilified | Who Tells Our Stories? | Justifying History | Stereotypes Never Die? | Images Matter

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Filmmaker Info
Produced & Directed by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun
Edited by Miguel Picker Written by Chyng Sun
Directors of Photography: Edwin Pagan and Miguel Picker
Narrator: Hector Herrera Original
Music: Miguel Picker Graphics: Miguel Picker
Associate Producer and Crowd-Fund Manager: Ronelle Levy
Assistant Producers: Quantrell Jackson and Galia Bogolasky
Production Coordinator: Rhon Flatts
Re-recording Mixer, Sound Designer & Additional Music: Francisco Monroy
Senior Consultant: Patti DeRosa Story
Editor: Jeremy Earp
Script Consultant: Sut Jhally


Filmmaker's Bios

Miguel Picker, a New York-based Chilean American filmmaker, is an award-winning editor, director, and music composer. He edited and composed music for Borinqueneers (2007), broadcast nationally on PBS in 2007 and the winner of the Audience Award at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, 2009, and Insight Award of Excellence by the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists, 2008. He is currently working on two documentaries: Ulises' Odyssey, and Siqueiros: Walls of Passion. With Chyng Sun, he directed and edited Mickey Mouse Monopoly (2001), Beyond Good and Evil (2003), The Price of Pleasure (2008), and Latinos Beyond Reel (2012). Before moving to New York, Picker worked as an editor at WGBH-TV in Boston and produced numerous programs.

Chyng Sun, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Media Studies at McGhee Division, School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University. Her teaching and research interests are centered on media representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and their cultural and social impacts. In recent years, her research focus has been on pornography, and she is currently conducting global research on pornography use. In collaboration with Miguel Picker, Sun has produced, directed, and written four documentary films (see Picker's bio above).

"Reveals a relentless, stereotypical, and narrow vision of Latinidad produced by the culture industries." - Esteban del Rio, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of San Diego

"This film grabs you from the beginning. It speaks truth to power by asking and answering difficult questions, and leaves you informed, inspired, and conscious about issues related to history, Hollywood, privilege, power, and more! This film makes you want to take action immediately." - Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D. Founder/Program Director, The White Privilege Conference

"Effectively explains how a century of U.S. media has shaped perceptions and misperceptions of Latinos, and in turn influenced policies that have affected their lives." -  Andrea Quijada, Executive Director, Media Literacy Project

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