The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival, one of the most important annual events in the independent film scene, celebrated Mexico Day 2021 with a panel discussion and interviews on racism in the Mexican film industry.
The panel featured unique talents such as Afro-Japanese writer and Veracruz pocha, Jumko Ogata-Aguilar, whose research and columns reflect on identity, racialization, and racism in Mexico, and actors such as Tenoch Huerta Mejia, who has appeared in several films in Latin America and Spain, starring in both feature and short films.
Also participating in the panel were actor Horacio Garcia-Rojas who, with 14 years of experience, has worked in more than 22 films, the latest being “Cry Macho,” as an antagonist opposite Clint Eastwood, and Melinna Bobadilla, a Los Angeles born and raised Xicana actress who seeks to change the paradigm of Latino representation on screen.
The conversation delved into racism and filmmaking in Mexico and the obstacles people of color face when trying to make a career for themselves.
The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is held each year for fourteen days of online film screenings, speaker panels, awards, gala, food, and more. It is a volunteer-produced event and convinced of the essential nature of independent filmmaking.