Hispanic Caucus Nominates 25 Latino Films to National Film Registry

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From Robert Young’s “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” (1982) to Christopher Weitz’s “A Better Life” (2011), members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have selected 25 Latino films to be added to the National Film Registry.

As reported by NBC News, the nominations are part of growing efforts by Latino representatives in Congress to fight the Hispanic community’s underrepresentation in Hollywood.

Representatives Raul Ruiz, D-California, and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, wrote a letter to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Tuesday, inviting her to incorporate films such as Julie Taymor’s “Frida” (2002) and Edward James Olmos’ “Walkout” (2006) into the U.S. audiovisual heritage.

“The National Film Registry’s very existence speaks to the importance of film in American culture and society. Hollywood is the main image-defining and narrative-producing industry in the United States. As you know, Latinos remain dramatically underrepresented in this influential industry, contributing to the misperceptions and stereotypes about Latinos in our society,” the lawmakers said in their letter to Hayden.

“When we cannot tell our stories, others will tell stories about us — we believe this is a significant factor motivating ongoing anti-Latino sentiment in American society, one which negatively impacts Latinos in all aspects of society, from immigration law to the education system to the current public health crisis,” the letter reads.

In January, Castro nominated Mexican-American filmmaker Gregory Nava’s 1997 film “Selena” for preservation at the Library of Congress.

“Though Latinos comprise almost 20 percent of our country’s population, they remain severely underrepresented in Hollywood,” Ruiz, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement. “Including more Latino films in the National Film Registry will help elevate Latino stories, promote an inclusive media landscape, and empower Latino filmmakers and storytellers.”