"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period."
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"Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media -- and a shift in how we tell our stories. 'Presence creates possibility,' she says. 'Who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures.'"
"Recounting her story of finding opportunity and stability in the US, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience -- and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around us. 'Our world is one that flourishes when different voices come together,' she says."
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Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) — HBO Max
Halftime (Amanda Micheli & Sam Wrench) — Netflix
The Sentence (Rudy Valdez) — HBOMax
Pelé (Ben Nicholas & David Tryhorn) — Netflix
A Tale of Two Kitchens (Trisha Ziff) — Netflix
After Maria (Nadia Hallgren) — Netflix
Tortilla Soup (Maria Ripoll) — Prime Video
McFarland, USA (Niki Caro) — Disney+
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) — Netflix
Coco (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina) — Disney+
Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston) — HBOMax
Even the Rain (Icíar Bollaín) — Netflix
West Side Story (Steven Spielberg) — HBOMax
The Mask of Zorro (Martin Campbell) — Netflix
Diary of a Future President (Ilana Peña) — Disney+
Jane the Virgin (Jennie Snyder Urman) — Netflix
Vida (Tanya Saracho) — Hulu
Orange Is the New Black (Jenji Kohan) — Netflix
Money Heist (Álex Pina) — Netflix
True Colors (David Freid) — Peacock
Many popular streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video, have collections of curated media to help users celebrate Hispanic storytellers. Check out each of the streaming platforms for more media recognizing Hispanic people, history, and culture!
"Fernanda provides a first-person account of identity--addressing stereotypes and assumptions and inviting the audience to dig deeper into the Latinx experience in the United States. Fernanda addresses the role of Latinx people in shaping the culture, politics, and economy of the USA. Fernanda was born and raised in Chicago, IL by Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up constantly surrounded by the large and diverse Hispanic and Latino community. Fernanda proudly identifies as a part of this community as a Latina, Hispanic, and Mexican American."
"We are really good at forming judgements of other people and jump to conclusions based on how they look, sound, by their last names and by the color of their skin. But imagine if you could develop a simple tactic to challenge the assumptions that limit your life? Vanessa is a former TV anchor with a passion for bilingual storytelling. She loves journalism, culture, and believes in living an integrated life."