“Despite Hollywood’s attempt to be more inclusive in recent years, Latinos remain woefully underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera, a new study finds” - The New York Times, August 26, 2019
It’s hard to believe but out of the 100 top-grossing films each year, from 2007 to 2018, only three percent featured Latino actors in lead or co-lead roles. Only three percent of film producers were Latino and only four percent were directed by Latinos.
We must do better. Our stories must be told. That’s why I’m asking you today to make a contribution to Latino Public Broadcasting, an organization I co-founded over 20 years ago and one of the only sources of production funding for Latino documentary filmmakers and multimedia artists.
In the last few years, our community has been under attack. We must fight back. There is no more revolutionary act than the telling of our stories. Our representation on film and television, the most powerful mediums in the world, not only puts our narrative back into our hands but helps bridge the gap between our community and the nation at large. We must build bridges instead of walls.
Now more than ever, representation matters. Our stories matter. And I’m counting on your support to continue the vital work of Latino Public Broadcasting — bringing Latino voices and stories that make a real difference. Please make a contribution today.
Edward James Olmos
Chair and Co-founder
Latino Public Broadcasting