Film wouldn’t be nearly as rich of a world without Latinx creators and characters in movies we love. We know this. But during National Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s a great time to celebrate it.
Many streaming services have gathered the best content from Latinx filmmakers and made easy-to-browse Hispanic Heritage Month collections. Take a look and you’ll find gems like Coco and The Book of Life on Disney+, or Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma on Netflix. The HBO Max lineup boasts Stand and Deliver, How to Be a Latin Lover and Salma Hayek’s Oscar-nominated performance in Frida. And on Hulu, there’s the Tessa Thompson thriller Little Woods (which flew under the radar in 2019) as well as Isabela Merced’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold (which you shouldn’t count out as kiddie fare—it’s exceptionally thrilling).
But it’s the Prime Video lineup that really caught our eye. And Eugenio Derbez’s, too, because the Academy member and Mexican filmmaker has made a watch list of his favorites for all of us to browse. He’s got exceptional (and varied) taste—the list includes The Mask of Zorro, Talk to Her, The 33, Like Water for Chocolate, The Sea Inside and Real Women Have Curves.
(Speaking of the latter … It’s featured in an exhibit at the soon-to-open Academy Museum. Did you catch America Ferrera’s reaction as she visited it for the first time? We’re crying happy tears.)
We’re also marking our calendars for Voices/Voces, Amazon’s one-day virtual event featuring panelists like actor and Academy member John Leguizamo. Together with other entertainers and filmmakers, he’ll explore just how big and expansive the Hispanic, Latino, Latine, Latinx, Afro-Latino and Indigenous community really is. Voices/Voices streams on Amazon Live and Amazon Studios DEI Twitch next Thursday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m.