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Help Us Build a Filmography of Latine Movies!

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Detail of Rita Moreno singing “America” with other members of the “Sharks” on movie set for the musical “West Side Story”. 1961. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-116064. Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.

 

This summer, Junior Fellows Mateo Arango, Karla Camacho, and Madeline Griffin, joined by Project Mentor Dani Thurber, are compiling the Library’s first Latine filmography as part of the “Cine Latine: Shaping Latino Representation at the Movies” project. This project emerges through a collaboration between the Library of Congress’ National Audio-Visual Conservation Center and the Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division. The “Cine Latine” project has two main components:  a Latine film research guide and an interview series with emerging and established Latine filmmakers.  Look out for the guide and interview series set to release early next month!

The Latine film research guide will include a comprehensive filmography for researchers to learn about just some of the many Latine films that are part of the Library’s extensive moving images collection.  To ensure we have not excluded any movie title from the filmography, please tell us your favorite Latine films via a quick survey.  Latine film has a broad definition so feel free to share movie titles even if you are unsure if they qualify as Latine films. For example, the film can be made by a Latine director or have a Latine protagonist. Perhaps the film explores themes significant to the Latine community such as identity, family, culture, migration, to name a few. All nominations are welcome! Our goal for this survey is for the filmography to include a wide list of cinema featuring Latina/o representation.

How to recommend a Latine movie?

Start by filling out Cine Latine Filmography Survey.  All you need is the movie title, year of release, and to select one or more of the categories listed on the drop-down menu or enter your own category, and then hit the submit button.  Once you have made a submission, you can “reset” the survey form and nominate another film.

 

For more information related to this blog or any Library of Congress holdings, please see Ask a Librarian, and if you plan to come in to view or listen to any collection items, please reach out to our reference staff in the Moving Image Research Center and the Recorded Sound Research Center.

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  1. Thank you for undertaking this effort and making it an opportunity for community input! <3

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