Latinx in Hollywood

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of ALANA Historians and ALANA Histories, IEHS, and the Western History Association

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Film; Latino/a; Media and Communications


Congressman Joaquin Castro and others recently released a report on the underrepresentation of “Hispanics” in the Media Industry, including the film industry. The problems discussed in the report, however, are hardly new. This roundtable convenes media experts, film industry workers, filmmakers, and scholars to discuss the history of Latinxs in Hollywood; how Latinxs have been represented on the screen; the many tropes films, commercials, television shows, and other productions have used to portray the histories of Latinx communities in the United States and Latin America; and the production and distribution challenges Latinx filmmakers have faced in bringing their works to national and international audiences.

Session Participants

Chair: Brian Eugenio Herrera, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

Panelist: Cristina Ibarra, Independent Filmmaker

Panelist: Debra Moore Munoz

Panelist: Ana-Christina Ramón, University of California Los Angeles

Panelist: Alex Rivera, Filmmaker