Are you looking for a good reason to watch TV? Amazon Prime Video has partnered with American Family Insurance to help raise funds for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and all you have to do to contribute is watch movies.
Amazon Prime Video has selected nine titles for which every hour of streaming, Amazon and American Family Insurance will donate $ 1 to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation – up to $ 50,000 until September 30, 2021.
“Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 and celebrates the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans. From food and travel to art and music, there is something to be thankful for. We wouldn’t be the country we are today without the influence Latin culture has had on us, and we’re happy to celebrate this month with American Family Insurance by donating to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
Selected titles include:
1. Gina Brillon: The ground is lava
In this special hour-long stand-up from the Bronx Puerto Rican, Gina Brillon, we hear her talk about her life. From growing up in the Bronx to settling with a white man in the Midwest, she describes (hilariously) the different tastes of life she’s lived. This special has already won a 2021 Gracie Award and is nominated for an Imagen Award.
2. Truly Mexican Texas
This documentary is entirely devoted to Mexican cuisine from Texas, not to be confused with Tex-Mex. In fact, we will experience the true native Mexican Mexican cuisine of Texas that helped carry Native American memory and identity. Travel through Texas, learn about the history of the Native Americans of Texas, and understand how women led a resistance while cooking.
3. The boy from Medellin
In this documentary by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Matthew Heineman, we follow J Balvin to his home in Medellin, Colombia, for a sold-out show in November 2019. However, it’s not as straightforward as it is. ‘a homecoming concert. In Colombia, protests erupted against the government of President Iván Duque. We see J Balvin struggling with his superstar duties to speak out as his country grapples with unrest.
4. The perfect game
This wellness sports film tells the story of the 1957 Little League World Series. The true story follows Industrial Little League players from Monterrey, Mexico. Who manage to convince César Faz, formerly a member of the MLB, to coach their team. The film follows them as they travel to America to become the first team outside of the United States to win the Little League World series.
5. Shades of blue
If you like crime shows and Jennifer Lopez, then Shades of blue is your perfect show. In this NBC series, we see Harlee Santos (J.Lo) as a New York detective. However, Santos is originally on the corrupt side before being forced by the FBI to turn on his team. So, it’s not as straightforward and dry as the good cop versus the bad cop in this three season series.
This documentary explores the life and death of Chavela Vargas, a Mexican singer born in Costa Rica. Chavela was a ranchera singer, but was able to infuse her own interpretation into the song, pushing it deeper than the genre before. She suffered from stage fright, fought against her gender norms, and at the age of eighty-one became homosexual. This documentary shows the trailblazer she made and the impact she left behind.
7. Pati’s Mexican table
This series stars Pati Jinich, an award-winning James Beard chef. She explores different regions of Mexico, showcasing its history, culture and gastronomy. Meet local chefs, learn recipes, and see parts of Mexico you might not know. This Emmy-nominated winning series blends travel and cooking, and even brings you recipes to cook at home in your own kitchen.
8. Pan and Circo
Hosted by actor Diego Luna, this Mexican talk show series takes place at the table. Each episode, six guests will sit down and discuss current social issues. It’s almost like a live podcast, but with every episode an established Mexican chef cooks dinner. The food is good, the topics are hot, and the show aims to (literally) bring people together around the table.
9. Sushi on the east side
Last on our list, but certainly not the least, is Sushi east side. A movie about a Mexican-American single mother who works at a local sushi restaurant. While working there, she quickly realizes her dream of becoming a sushi chef and we see her striving to make that dream come true. Merging two very different cultures, this indie film is definitely a must-watch