The Latinx House, founded by social entrepreneur and Activist, Mónica Ramírez, producer and entrepreneur, Olga Segura, and producer and activist, Alexandra Martinez Kondracke, returned to The Sundance Film Festival this past weekend and it came in full force.
“The Latinx House is returning to where we started,” said Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of The Latinx House. “Three years ago, we birthed a beautiful gathering space for storytellers, community leaders, activists, and other creators to celebrate the excellence of the Latinx community, dream together, and tackle pressing issues. We are thrilled to be back at Sundance in person as we deepen our relationships and presence at this preeminent film festival.”
The space The Latinx House creates is one where Latinx filmmakers, artists, and creatives are celebrated. It is an event where the world gets a glimpse at how important Latinx representation is and the value its impact holds in the entertainment industry.
“Creating a space to build community and celebrate our achievements has always been one of our main goals. Our continued collaboration with Sundance is helping us build a bridge to create more opportunities for Latinx creators in the industry for many years to come,” The Latinx House co-founder Olga Segura said.
Latinx excellence and pride were at the forefront of The Latinx House
The weekend was filled with cultural filled programs of flash talks, panels, receptions, and parties.
Held in Park City, Utah, this year many of our favorites such as Tenoch Huerta, Eugenio Derbez, and Yalitza Aparicio were all present at The Latinx House.
Per usual, Eugenio Derbez brought excitement. Derbez, who’s a renowned actor, director, producer, and more, led the Latino Film Network delegation at the Sundance Film Festival, where the launch of the Latino Filmmakers House officially took place.
Tenoch Huerta, who has made waves since his role in Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, engaged in a conversation with Filipe Estefan of Luminate, where he shed light on the ways privilege can be used for the greater good.
It was great to chat with @TenochHuerta about representation in film at @thelatinxhouse x @luminategroup #SundanceFilmFestival celebration! pic.twitter.com/5NjtMEZDjS
— Felipe Estefan @ #Sundance2023 (@FelipeEstefan) January 22, 2023
His sentiment lies in how meaningful change can happen in the entertainment industry and the world if it is carried out properly. He also participated in a panel with the ever-talented Yalitza Aparicio. The Mexican stars also danced during The Latinx House Latin American Filmmakers Cocktail Reception. We are loving this friendship so much.
Huerta, like Aparicio, is always speaking the truth and challenging the status quo, especially the norms followed in Latin America, which, oftentimes is carefully intertwined with classism and colorism. We need Huerta to continue to speak out and burn a fire under everyone’s you-know-what.
This is The Latinx House’s third year at the Sundance and it has made it a point to shine a light on Latinx talent. However, it goes beyond that. It is a vehicle for social justice and political discourse. It is not afraid to bring about conversations that affect everyone, especially those from historically excluded communities.
On Sunday, house guests were prompted to hear stories centered around climate justice and join the house for a reception to honor the 50th anniversary of Roe V. Wade – because these issues are not to be placed on the back burner. Not even during celebrations.
May we continue to witness more of The Latinx House in the coming years. Our community needs these spaces more than ever.