Hispanic American History Movies
Hispanic American history movies portray the nation’s rich Spanish heritage and culture. Hispanic and Latino Americans are terms used to describe Americans with origins in the Spanish-speaking countries of Spain or Latin America. Here are six film recommendations for anyone looking for historical or cultural material on Hispanic Americans. From documentary movies to feature films to popular film series, this list has something for everyone.
“My Family” is a 1995 Hispanic American film that traces the history of one Mexican immigrant family. The autobiographical film follows three generations through their personal triumphs and tragedies. The film’s all-star cast includes Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits, and Esai Morales.
“Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement.”
This 1996 PBS documentary film depicts a ten-year period (1965 to 1975) of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in America. Also known as “El Movimiento,” the movement worked for Mexican-American empowerment in America. Henry Cisneros is the narrator, and Cesar Chavez also appears in the film.
“A History Of Hispanic Achievement In America.”
This 2006 film series documents Hispanic contributions to America’s growth and success. The film highlights various Latino Americans in medicine and science, entertainment and journalism, business and politics, civil rights, education, and sports. Patricia Lopez serves as the film’s narrator.
“Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!”
Translated, “I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!” this 2006 documentary film examines America’s Puerto Rican culture and heritage. The annual Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City is a special highlight. Directed by Rosie Perez, the film documents her activism for Puerto Rican rights. Pedro Pietri and Pedro Albiza Campos co-star in the film.
“Unsung Heroes: Hispanics And The Medal Of Honor.”
This 2008 History Channel documentary highlights Hispanic Americans who fought in various conflicts and wars. Several Latinos were interviewed for the film, including those who received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
This 2009 Spanish-language film has connections to a real-life Hispanic American gang called Mara Salvatrucha. The movie centers on a Honduran teenager who has an opportunity to realize her dream--living in America. This award-winner stars Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, and Leonardo Alonso.