Latin Kings Movies

Sunday, April 24 by Annette Smith

The Latin Kings are considered to be the largest and most organized Hispanic street gang in America, and these Latin Kings movies focus on their story. Officially known as the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, the gang’s most prominent chapters are based in Chicago and New York. The Latin Kings have chapters across the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

  1. “Black And Gold: The Story of The Almighty Latin King And Queen Nation.” “Black And Gold: The Story Of The Almighty Latin King And Queen Nation” is a 2001 documentary film about the Latin Kings. Black and gold are the gang’s colors. The movie chronicles the history of the New York chapter, who became the Latin King And Queen Nation. The gang claims to have abandoned crime for a political voice in the city, following in the footsteps of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords. The NYPD disagrees. Directed by Rick Rowley and Jacqueline Soohen, this film looks at a very controversial and complex movement, and the large coordinated law enforcement actio taken against the gang.
  2. “Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story.” “Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story” is a 2007 television documentary film. The movie chronicles the history and actions of Antonio "King Tone" Fernandez, leader of the New York Latin Kings. The infamous street gang is synonymous with guns, drugs, and murder. In 1995, under the leadership of Fernandez, the gang claimed to leave the world of violence and crime to focus on giving Hispanics a political voice. The FBI and NYPD said it was a smokescreen. Directed by Jon Alpert, this documentary movie features Antonio Fernandez as himself. The film won multiple Emmy awards.
  3. “Latin Kingz.” “Latin Kingz” is a 2003 action drama with the tagline “stake your claim.” While not marketed as a Latin Kings movie, the film does center on members of a Florida street gang.  It portrays the stereotypical gang wars and violence, illegal drug deals, and vulgar language associated with Hispanic gangs. Customers who purchased this video online describe it as a B-movie, and viewers either love it or hate it. Directed by Daniel Zirilli, the movie stars Lorenzo De La Cruz, Mayra Soto, and Mosko.