Latino Culture Movies

Sunday, March 20 by Jason Cuthbert

With a vast amount of Spanish-speaking countries, there is an extensive number of Latino culture movies. These vibrant people have many rich traditions to be proud of and many of been captured on film. Enjoy these Latino culture movies—it will be like taking a vacation without moving. 

  1. "Y Tú Mamá También" This magnificent Latino culture movie has a trio of very successful Mexican talent. It's director and co-writer, Alfonso Cuarón, also sat in the director's chair for the third Harry Potter movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", and the Oscar nominated science-fiction adventure "Children of Men". The two Mexican teens that travel on a road trip with an older woman are played by Gael García Bernal from "Babel" and Diego Luna from "Milk".
  2. "Amores Perros" Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of the critically acclaimed film "Babel", spearheaded this Mexican story of a brutal car crash, and the various lives connected to it. Latino culture is showcased as the backdrop to the theme of love, and what people are willing to do for it. Gael García Bernal plays Octavio, part of one of the three interconnected stories.
  3. "Pan's Labyrinth" This fantasy film for adults takes a look at Latino culture, specifically Spain in 1944 during World War II. A frightened young girl is extremely unhappy while living with her mother and her new stepfather, a sadistic captain of the Spanish army. She soon seeks refuge inside the gothic fantasy world of her imagination. 
  4. "The Motorcycle Diaries" Gael García Bernal stars as a young Che Guevara on a motorcycle trip that would point him in the direction of becoming an Argentinean freedom fighter. This historical drama about a significant individual in Latino culture won an Academy Award for its music and was nominated for its screenplay adaptation. The various Latin locations utilized in this film are Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Peru and Venezuela.
  5. "City of God" This incredibly intense Brazilian tale of two brothers growing up in Rio de Janeiro took the world by storm in 2002. This crime drama captured Latino culture from the point of view of the poverty-stricken citizens who have few options for survival. The story follows two Brazilian brothers as they take completely different paths in life—a drug dealer and a photographer.
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