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
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