When’s the last time you treated yourself to a movie night at home? Do you ever just want to watch films that you feel identified with? Ones that remind you of your roots and inevitably fill you with nostalgia? Well, now is the perfect time to celebrate your Hispanic culture while also practicing some self-care after a day lleno de cansancio. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of movies that will have your eyes glued to the tv. So, sit back on the couch, relajate, and enjoy the show!
An animated film that takes place during the Day of the Dead Mexican holiday, Coco follows young Miguel in his quest to become a famous musician even though it goes against his family’s strict ban on music. In this colorful quest filled with skeletons and ofrendas, Miguel finds himself face to face with the truth behind his family history. ¡Prepara el pañuelo!
Gotta Kick It Up
A Disney Channel original movie that follows the journey of a middle school dance team at a school whose population is mainly Hispanic American. The team convinces their teacher to become their coach, and together they create dance routines that have roots based on traditional dances. A movie about sheer determination to beat all odds. Si se puede! You can stream this childhood classic on Disney Plus.
Under The Same Moon
Protagonist Rosario decides to cross the U.S./Mexico border illegally. In search of a better life for her mother and son, she makes the difficult decision of leaving them behind to seek employment in the United States. Rosario undergoes many of the difficulties the immigrant community still undergoes these days. She tries to forge a better reality for herself while also carrying the responsibility of helping her family back home.
A biographical film about the late Selena Quintanilla follows her journey to stardom as a Mexican American artist. Selena experiences many instances of racial disparity, as you will see in the famous scene where a retail worker believed she could not afford the clothing she was trying on due to her appearance. A tragic story about music, love, and staying true to yourself and your roots.
LATINEGRAS: The Journey of Self-Love Through an AfroLatina Lens
If you enjoy watching documentaries, then this one’s for you, creanme! It is a powerful tale of the identity crises Afro-Latinas endure as they do not look like the stereotypical Latina woman. An account of how the Afro-Latina community has learned to break through stereotypes of beauty and learn to love and accept themselves throughout time.