Watch These Latino Movies And Try To Say You Aren’t Proud To Be A Latino

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OK, it sucks that Latinos are underrepresented on the big screen, but when we do get a chance, we PUT IN WORK. Inspirational storylines, hot actors and Oscar-winning productions — we’ve done it all. These 11 movies will fill you up with more than enough orgullo and ganas to go out there and kick ass.

La Bamba

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Ritchieeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Ritchie Valens was a Chicano rocker from humble beginnings who turned the Mexican folk song “La Bamba” into a mainstream hit. Just as his star was rising, he died in a plane crash at age 17. The movie version of La Bamba made us fall in love with Esai Morales (who played Ritchie’s badass brother, Bob), turned Lou Diamond Phillips into an honorary Latino and showed us that we can find inspiration in tragedy.

West Side Story

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The film adaptation of West Side Story made history. Rita Moreno, who played Anita, became the first Latina to win an Oscar as supporting actress. Bow down to Rita, she is the only Latina and one of only 12 performers with an EGOT: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Stand and Deliver


Jaime Escalante, a Bolivian teacher in Los Angeles, finds himself with a class of bright, but underperforming students. With students closer to dropping out than getting A’s, Escalante, played by Edward James Olmos, takes a chance and teaches his students calculus. SPOILER ALERT: Encouragement and perseverance can help anyone rise above their disadvantages. Oh yeah, and we learn how to do finger math.

Raising Victor Vargas

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A coming-of-age film about a teenage boy in the Lower East Side of New York, Raising Victor Vargas proved there were plenty of talented Latino actors who were ready for a chance to shine. The film became a springboard for Victor Rasuk (Godzilla, Lords of Dogtown and Fifty Shades of Grey) and Melonie Diaz (Be Kind, Rewind and Fruitvale Station).

McFarland USA

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True story (check!). Feel-good narrative (check!). Scrappy, cross-country team from a predominantly Mexican-American high school (check!). Encouraging coach determined to succeed against all odds (check!). This is the epitome of “Sí Se Puede.”

A Better Life

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Mexican actor Demian Bichir was nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding performance as Carlos, an immigrant father who fights to give his son a better life. This movie helps humanize the immigrant experience by showing the courage and strength it takes to overcome hurdles immigrants face on a daily basis.

Real Women Have Curves

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Ugly Betty star America Ferrera shows there is nothing ugly about her. In Real Women Have Curves, Ferrera plays Ana, a beautiful, curvy Mexican-American student struggling to discover a path for herself. Her journey sums up the tension that exists within U.S.-born Latinos trying to balance two cultures.

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Y Tu Mamá También

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This coming-of-age film about two teenage boys who take a life-changing road trip with an older woman received spectacular reviews and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe Award. After the success of Amores Perros, Y Tu Mamá También proved that Latino directors were ready to make it in Hollywood. And of course, it brought two hotties into our lives: Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

Cesar Chavez

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Diego Luna stepped behind the camera to produce and direct Cesar Chavez, a biopic about the American civil rights activist who fought for the rights of farmworkers. The film brought education outside of the classroom and taught us about struggles and victories of the civil rights activist who popularized the slogan “Sí, se puede.”

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Pan’s Labyrinth


Directed and written by Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth is a magical adventure about a young girl who has to confront monsters in both the fantasy and real world. In 2007, Pan’s Labyrinth took home three Oscars and redefined what a “Latino” movie can be.

Under the Same Moon

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At nine-years old, most kids are worrying about science projects or getting book reports in on time. For Carlitos, it’s getting across the U.S.-Mexico border to reunite with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Under the Same Moon provokes tears and provides laughs as it follows a child’s search for what is valued most in Latino culture: family.

Listen Up College Kids, These are the Things You Shouldn’t Ever Do


Listen Up College Kids, These are the Things You Shouldn’t Ever Do


When I started college, I couldn’t have imagined the challenges I was going to face. College is a learning process in every way possible; it would’ve helped to know what I was really getting into. Here are the things I wish someone told me before my first day.

Your Professors are Allies

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Professors can be scary, but don’t fret, they don’t bite. Building a relationship with professors could result in a letter of recommendation for your dream job, a job referral or advice to kick-start your career.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

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Don’t feel like your question is stupid. Chances are, it’s the same question a hundred other students were too afraid to ask.

Free Food is ALWAYS a Good Thing

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Broke college students should NEVER say no to free food. Take advantage of events with free food such as workshops, club meetings or info sessions where you can feed your tummy and mind at the same time.

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Don’t Live with Friends

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Your dorm or apartment will become your safe space in college. Rooming with your friends isn’t like your childhood sleepovers. Often, personalities aren’t as compatible in close living quarters. Choose your housemates carefully.

It’s Ok to Get Homesick

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At first the sense of freedom will be great, but you will miss the warmth and stability you left at home. You’ll find yourself using “I love you” and “I miss you” more than ever.

Money Trees DO NOT Exist

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But scholarships do! Finances should never be the reason to limit your education. Look for scholarships, check out FAFSA or get a student job. Your education is the best investment you can make.

Oh the Places You’ll Go

College is where you’ll first be exposed to a world much bigger than you imagined. Be open minded and ready to expand your horizons. Take advantage of the study abroad programs. Explore!

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A Degree is the First Step

Employers want to see more than a degree–they want experience. Make the most of your resources in college and enroll in clubs and internships that’ll give you the opportunity to round out your resume.

Find the Right Major

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It’s okay if you switch majors. Do research and volunteer in your new field to make sure this is what you want to do for a living.

You Will Survive an F

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Most colleges let you retake a fail and replace your grade. But learn from your mistake; don’t procrastinate, pace yourself and don’t depend on all-nighters to cram your studying.

Lo Bueno Cuesta

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College is not easy. You’ll face physical, emotional, mental and social challenges, but the sweat and tears will lead to a sweet victory.

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