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5 Cult-Classic Films By Latinx Directors

Here’s a true and sad statement: Latinx people are completely underrepresented in film. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California released a study stating that Latinx actors only represented 3% of lead or co-lead roles in the past 12 years. 

Hollywood is ignoring the 58.9 million Latinx people that make-up over 18.1 percent of the country’s population. We will repeat over and over again, until those who have to power to change the status quo do something about it, #representationmatters. 

In the meantime, here are 5 cult classics by Latinx directors, to breathe life into your stale Netflix cue.

1) Y Tu Mamá También

If you haven’t seen Alfonso Cuarón‘s 2001 indie film turned cult classic, Y Tu Mamá También, you’re in for a fun ride. Literally. It’s a film about a whirlwind of a road trip, set against the socio-politico climate of Mexico in the late 90’s. Also, it’s a coming of age story about two 17 year old boys and a woman in her 20’s. We’ll say no more. 

2) Pan’s Labyrinth

Odds are, you’ve already seen are heard about Guillermo Del Toro’sPan’s Labyrinth. If not, you’ve been missing out on what might soon become one of your favorite films, especially if you loved The Shape Of Water.

3) La Bamba

C’mon now, it’s not a real list of cult classics without La Bamba.  Luis Valdez‘s, La Bamba isn’t just a film, it’s an ethos. It’s a way of being.

4) Wild Tales

 Damián SzifronWild tales is the lesser known cult classic on this list, but those who know it, really love it. If you have a truly dark sense of humor, this is the film for you. 

5. Roma

It is too early to call Romaa cult classic? We think not. Alfonso Cuarón‘s Romais beautifully shot and heartwarming and everything you want in cult classic cinema. Also, the goddess Yalitza Aparicio gives such an amazing performance. 

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