“Despite sustained attention to the issue of diversity in film and television, statistics on Latino representation have been sparse and inconsistent, and what data does exist paints a stark picture: For more than a decade, on-screen representation has hardly improved for Latinos, despite being one of the fastest-growing communities in the U.S.” – Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2021
It’s so easy to be disheartened by the dismal lack of change in Hollywood for our Latino community, despite our undeniable wealth of talent.
At LPB we refuse to become complacent. This year, we continued to support new works by emerging and established filmmakers and presented one of the best seasons ever of VOCES on PBS. The four documentaries in the series – FRUITS OF LABOR, about a teenage farmworker working toward a better future; LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACCIÒN, about Latino representation in Hollywood; LETTERS TO ELOISA, a moving portrait of a forgotten Cuban writer; and AMERICAN EXILE, a powerful look at the plight of American veterans at risk of deportation – illustrate not only the breadth of our experiences but the talent of our filmmaking community.
We need your help. We know you get many emails this time of year, from many worthy organizations. But please consider donating to LPB – every dollar helps us live up to our mission of bringing our stories, our history, and culture to audiences across the country – on TV and online. Now more than ever, our voices matter and must be heard.