Latino American History Movies

Saturday, April 16 by Annette Smith

Are you looking for some great Latino American history movies? Films that depict the rich heritage of Latinos in American history and culture? The following six movies are recommended for schools, libraries, and individuals looking for Latino history material. Arranged alphabetically by film title, the list includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, and film series.

  1. Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement.” “Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement” is a 1996 PBS documentary movie. It traces a ten-year period of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in the United States, from 1965 to 1975. The goal of the Chicano movement, or “El Movimiento,” was achieving Mexican-American empowerment in the United States. Henry Cisneros narrates the film, which also features Cesar Chavez.
  2. “A History Of Hispanic Achievement In America.” “A History Of Hispanic Achievement In America” is a 2006 film series. It documents the many contributions of Latinos toward the building and success of America. The history series focuses on Hispanics in medicine, science, entertainment, journalism, business, politics, education, civil rights, and sports. Actress Patricia Lopez narrates the film series.
  3. “My Family.” “My Family” is a 1995 Latino American movie that traces the generational history of a Mexican immigrant family. The loosely autobiographical film follows three generations through their personal tragedies and triumphs. Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, and Edward James Olmos lead an all-star cast.
  4. “Sin Nombre.” “Sin Nombre” means “Nameless.” The title and story of this 2009 Spanish-language film have connections to a real-life Latin American crime gang called Mara Salvatrucha. The film follows the journey of a Honduran teenager, who gets a chance to realize her dream of living in America. Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, and Leonardo Alonso star in this award-winning movie.
  5. “Unsung Heroes: Hispanics And The Medal Of Honor.” “Unsung Heroes: Hispanics And The Medal Of Honor” is a 2008 History Channel documentary. The film focuses on Hispanic Americans who have fought valiantly in American conflicts and wars. It features interviews with a number of Latino Americans who received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  6. “Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!” “Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!” is translated, “I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!” The 2006 documentary film describes America’s rich Puerto Rican heritage. It also highlights the annual Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City. Rosie Perez directed and stars in the film, which documents her activism for Puerto Rican rights. Pedro Albiza Campos and Pedro Pietri also star in the film.
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