I’m not giving the show a glowing review. I, along with every other Latina, rolled my eyes when I heard that the show was about maids. But, I think it’s important to give the show a chance and to look at it critically. Let’s dissect what it does right and what it does wrong.
Jack Rico, NBC Latino contributor, put together a list of the, “Best Hispanic movies of 2012” that included films like Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall (a James Bond movie), and End of Watch. Were these really the best Latino films of the year? I was dumbfounded. Not one of these movies was written or directed by a Latino. I kept wondering, what makes these films Latino?
This documentary film tracks a decommissioned American school bus from the auction floor to its refurbishment as a Guatemalan public-transport vehicle, touching on the political, the humanistic and the spiritual in the process.
“To see the 86 year old Ríos Montt looking at his 30-year-younger self projected in the courtroom was stunning. Now he looks old and weak, but in the film footage he looks strong, vital, arrogant. It was a good reminder of the absolute power he wielded as a ruthless General in 1982.”
In the 1980s Guatemala was amidst a bloody civil war and ruled under a military dictatorship. Filmmaker Pamela Yates documented the tragedy, and her work eventually served as evidence in the Ríos Montt genocide trial that recently concluded. Learn where to watch her films here!
Mosquita y Mari premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and played in theaters last summer. I spoke with its Director, Aurora Guerrero just ahead of the film’s digital release to talk about the challenges of making and distributing independent Latino films.