Latino Themed Movies Take the Spotlight at Sundance Film Festival

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Published on January 20, 2012 with No Comments

By S.J. Main, Film Producer and CEO of the Latino Film Fund
For The Huffington Post’s Latino Voices

Aurora Guerrero won’t claim she represents every Latino: “I don’t want the film industry to label me as the ‘one’ Chicana filmmaker and expect me to be the only voice for our communities…No, no, no!”

It is undeniable that Latino voices are largely underrepresented and/or distressingly cliched through the current perspective of American media, therefore it is rare that a filmmaker like Guerrero has the opportunity to share her voice through moviemaking, and perhaps more profound is that her voice is getting the recognition it deserves.

The Sundance Film Festival, opens today in Park City, Utah, to an expected snow flurry of celebrities, filmmakers, filmgoers, industry professionals and more.

Mosquita y Mari is Latina director Aurora Guerrero’s first feature film and it will premiere in the “Next” category of the Sundance Film Festival 2012, a non-competitive program the festival defines as “films [that] stretch limited resources to create impactful art.” Guerrero’s acceptance to the festival is an accomplishment; of the nearly 12,000 films submitted to the festival this year, less than 2% were accepted. [Aurora participated in NALIP’s Latino Producers Academy with Mosquita y Mari.]

The film Mosquita y Mari explores the complexities of a budding friendship between two Chicana high schoolers in Los Angeles’ Huntington Park as they struggle to recognize the sexual undercurrent in their relationship.


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