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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It spans the multi-talented actress/singer/dancer’s illustrious and still thriving career as an EGOT icon, from the well-known public persona to the shockingly personal. Rita, with her infectious personality and refreshing frankness does not hold back. Every shining moment is countered with something raw and personal. …

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At one point in the documentary Dolores, about American farm workers’ labor activist Dolores Huerta, her daughter says, “We need to set the record straight! Women cannot be written out of history!” That’s the prevailing theme in this fascinating documentary about an activist that seemingly should be celebrated alongside her more well-known peers, except for …

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McFarland, USA

I have to admit, years ago I dismissed Kevin Costner as being one of the dullest, most generic, white-bread actors around. But dammit if he didn’t start to slowly win me over when he made me cry in his five minutes of screen time in Man of Steel. Not only that, but he helped clean …

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A Better Life

Carlos (Demián Bichir) has been in the United States illegally for many, many years, making a living as a landscaper at rich homes in the Los Angeles area. His teenage son Luis (José Julián) is a typical American teenager, embarrassed by his living situation, embarrassed by his gardener dad, and coming on the age where …

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Cesar Chavez

Though it is somewhat of a workhorse earnest film, Cesar Chavez gives a good sense of the impact that the activist had on the rights of modern farm workers. Michael Peña stars as Chavez, and the story wastes no time with over-exposition, dropping us into the 60s when he and Dolores Huerta (Rosario Dawson) decide …

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Latino Americans

 It is probably not an understatement to say that some of the revelations in this epic series, Latino Americans, are a surprise. Each episode highlights a few fascinating people from history, profiling their stories and the impacts they made. Much of U.S. history (as taught in schools at least) is focused on European immigrant history, …

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