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LATINOS BEYOND REEL: Challenging a Media Stereotype
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. Yet across the media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience is virtually nowhere to be found.
In this ground-breaking new film, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how American media portray - and do not portray - Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover simultaneous patterns of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation -- revealing a world in which Latinos appear, if at all, as murderers and Mexican bandits, harlots and hookers, gang bangers and welfare-leeching illegals. In the end, the film shows us why media representations matter, pointing to the tragic consequences that result when a narrow range of distorted images are allowed to stand in for an entire population. Featuring Chon Noriega, Isabel Molina, Alex Nogales, Moctesuma Esparza, Luis Ramos, Luis Vidal, and others.
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