Film articles

Focusing the Hollywood spotlight on fellow Latino artists turns a job into a mission

By Nilki Benitez Bel-lissima! Latin Heat’s CEO and founder, Bel Hernandez, curtsied out of the limelight to promote Latinos in Hollywood. Bel Hernandez is a Hollywood star, but she’s not your typical star. Although her talent has graced television and film heavy-weights such as L.A. Law, Beverly Hills 90210, Born in East L.A. and Selena,

Free movie tickets for screening of new film From Mexico with Love

LatinaLista — Among those in the Latino community who toil and sweat doing backbreaking work with very little recognition, appreciation or hope that their lives will improve are the migrant farmers. Lately, we’ve heard a couple of success stories of former migrant laborers going on to unbelievable achievements — Jose Hernandez, the NASA astronaut and

New film chronicling impact of state-sponsored immigration laws urgently needs help to finish before deadline

LatinaLista — When it comes to state mandated immigration enforcement, two states that top the list of literally trying to drive out undocumented immigrants, and make Latino residents uncomfortable, are Arizona and Oklahoma. What’s happening in Arizona is more widely known courtesy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio but little is really known about what’s happening in

The “We Won’t Wait for Peace” Virtual Film Festival marks International Day of Peace

LatinaLista — Today is International Day of Peace. It is a day dedicated to a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year’s call, as asked by the UN Secretary-General, is for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Unfortunately, such a call can only be responded to by the governments of the world. However, working towards peace

New short film follows Postville deportees home and their continuing struggle to survive

LatinaLista — One of the Guatemalan immigrants, Willian Toj, who was apprehended and deported in May 2008 from Postville, Iowa wasn’t just working illegally in the United States at the meatpacking plant to send money back home — he was working to literally save the life of his mother. Toj’s story is but one of

Director of “The Wall” offers campuses film to screen to create dialogue about federal immigration policy

LatinaLista — A lot has been written and filmed about the ongoing building of the border wall along the US-Mexico border. The latest film to chronicle the impact of the border wall in the region is simply titled “The Wall.” The Wall is a new, feature documentary about the construction of a fence along the