Screen “Latinos Beyond Reel” During Latinx Heritage Month Thru October 15
Latinx Heritage Month, known by many as Hispanic Heritage Month, runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. If you’re looking for resources to commemorate the annual celebration, we encourage you to screen our bestselling film Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype.
Centering the voices of Latinx journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, scholars, and children, Latinos Beyond Reel pays tribute to the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx people while also identifying and dissecting a longstanding pattern of dehumanizing Latinx stereotypes in U.S. news and entertainment media.
If you’re interested in showing the film in your classes, or just want to watch it yourself, you can also purchase Latinos Beyond Reel on DVD, or stream it through your university or public library on the Kanopy streaming platform. Click here to see if your institution subscribes to Kanopy.
“Reveals a relentless, stereotypical, and narrow vision of Latinidad produced by the culture industries.”
– Esteban del Rio | Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of San Diego
“Illuminates the historical and contemporary invisibility and misrepresentation of Latinos in news and entertainment media and helps viewers understand how and why this distorted picture has come about.”
– Mary Beltrán, Ph.D. | Author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film
“Comprehensive and powerful. Shows how stereotypes go beyond the symbolic realm and can harm the minds and bodies of Latinos, particularly children.”
– Debra Merskin, Ph.D. | Author of Media, Minorities, and Meaning: A Critical Introduction
“Convincingly illustrates the gaps between our national rhetoric of a diverse and multiethnic democracy and the paucity of diverse ethnic media representations.”
– Vicki Mayer, Ph.D. | Author of Producing Dreams, Consuming Youth: Mexican Americans and Mass Media
“A must-see documentary. As a black Puerto Rican sociologist who suffers ‘en carne propia’ many of the things highlighted in this documentary, I endorse it wholeheartedly and will use it in my classes.”
– Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Ph.D. | Professor of Sociology, Duke University
“An indispensable resource for scholars and students of mediated Latino identities.”
– Guillermo Avila-Saavedra, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Communications at Salem State University
“Through children’s eyes, viewers experience the devastating impact of Latino invisibility and the proliferation of negative images in news and entertainment media.”
– Lourdes Torres, Ph.D. | Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University
“Latinos Beyond Reel is more than a compelling documentary: it is a timely indictment of an industry that consistently maligns and misrepresents America’s largest ethnic group.
– Myra Mendible, Ph.D. | Editor of From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture