Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype


This Sunday, the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype. It will be followed by a discussion with director Miguel Picker, actress Liza Colón-Zayas, actor Tony Plana, actress Julia Grob, Maria Agui Carter (Chair, National Association of Latino Independent Producers), and Latinos Beyond Reel producer Edwin Pagan.

Sunday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106

From the museum’s site:

Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, accounting for one-sixth of all. Yet across the American media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience are virtually nowhere to be found. Latinos Beyond Reel examines how American film and television portrays—and does not portray—Latinos. Actors, directors, producers, scholars, journalists, and community leaders uncover a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers, and welfare-leeching illegals. The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos. The screening will be followed by a lively town-hall style discussion.

The Trailer: