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8 Films to Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th until October 15th. For the full list of upcoming events from the University of Utah, check out this calendar from Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Joni Clayton has assembled the following list of films to celebrate. They are all available for free for current University of Utah students, staff, and faculty.

Film recommendations:


This film tells the story of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano music into mainstream America.

…And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him

Based on Tomas Rivera’s classic novella, this is a beautiful and moving account of a family of Mexican-American migrant worker in the 1950’s

The Blending of Culture: Latino Influence on America

This program looks at the “Three Houses of Latino Culture” – Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican American – and their widespread influence from entertainment to politics to economics.

The Graduates/Los Graduados

This program gives us three teenagers: Juan, a Dominican living in Lawrence, Massachusetts who was bullied as a gay teen, Eduardo who is steered away from the gang path and Gustavo who came to America from Mexico and is blocked from college by his undocumented status.

Hispanic Americans: Second Generation

Hosted by actor Jimmy Smits, this program examines how second-generation Hispanics are adapting to American society, and how they are maintaining their Latino roots while assimilating into the American cultural mainstream.

Latin Beat: Latino Culture in the United States 

Drawing on interviews with more than fifty major personalities from a broad cross-section of disciplines, this film both analyzes and celebrates the growing influence of Latin culture in the U.S.

Latino Vote: Dispatches for the Battleground 

This film follows the efforts of community leaders working to ensure Latino voter turnout.  How will these efforts impact the presidential election result, and will 2020 be a tipping point for the impact of the Latino vote?

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

After his grandmother passes away, a young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother who has been working in the States to provide for min.

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