Films to Watch During Hispanic Heritage Month
Groundbreaking film can serve many purposes. It entertains, educates, inspires, and informs our view of the world. It reorients us to greater truths. The camera’s lens bypasses our conscious defenses by placing us within the story and allowing us to experience it on a nearly visceral level - forcing us to reconcile this experience with our current views.
With this list, we wish to make this transformation available to all South Carolinians, with a focus on Hispanic and Latinx cultural heritage. We include movies in Spanish and English from all eras, including documentaries, fantastical tales, and untold histories. The Noches de Cine Top 10 were chosen for their superior ability to elevate the perception of Hispanic/Latinx art, to inspire constructive dialogue on relevant issues, and to bring a rich three-dimensional understanding to our flat stereotypes of these diverse cultures and the immigrant experience, in particular.
Use Noches de Cine to guide your community’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, as part of an educational curriculum, or for your own journey towards greater compassion and understanding through art.
A deep look at the state of U.S. immigration, utilizing unprecedented access to ICE operations and moving portraits of immigrants. This documentary cuts through rhetoric to give voice to the unfiltered perspectives of ICE agents and deportees alike.
Under the Same Moon
Single mother Rosario leaves her young son Carlitos in the care of his grandmother and illegally crosses the border into the U.S. Though she hopes to eventually make a better life for herself and her son, she toils in a dead-end job as a cleaning lady in Los Angeles. When Carlitos' grandmother passes away some years later, the boy begins a difficult and dangerous journey to join her.