Depression affects a large segment of the population, but no group of people knows this better than teenage Latinas.
As Latina points out, in 2011, depression was reported to affect around 41 percent of Latinas, the highest among all ethnic groups, and affecting those living in New York the most. In an attempt to understand why this was and what could be done about it, award-winning journalist Raquel Cepeda began documenting a journey that would take her through Latin America with several teenage Latinx New Yorkers, who were part of a suicide prevention program. Their goal was to understand the role culture and identity play in fostering depression among Latina teens.
The documentary “Some Girls” is the result of Cepeda’s journey through Latin America with these teens.
In her interview with Latina, Cepeda reveals several insights she gained while working with these teens in Latin America. Many of the problems, she notes, come from identity, saying, “teens, regardless of what race they are, they’re already dealing with issues.” Adding, “If you compound these typical teenage issues with this feeling of invisibility, then that only makes the problem worse.” She attributes a source of their depression to negative stereotypes that politicians perpetuate to the media. If they aren’t invisible, they are part of the “problems” with society.
Cepeda also discusses how a lack of ethnic studies in school can lead to a lack of role models for these adolescent girls, despite evidence that ethnic studies are more engaging among minorities.
According to Latina, “Some Girls” was just completed and is looking for distribution.
Throughout the film, Cepeda uncovers many other factors that contribute to the alarming levels of depression that affect the Latinx community. Her Latina interview definitely worth reading, which is linked below.
[H/T] Latina: This Powerful Documentary Offers a Much-Needed Look Into Latina Identity, Depression and Self-Harm