Navigating streaming services for authentic and festive Latinx stories can be difficult, especially for young adults who may not enjoy telenovelas as much as their tias and are too old to stream Latinx children’s shows like ” Soy Luna “.
But luckily, this guide to streaming Latinx movies and TV has a number of hidden gems from various services that provide a modern take on Latinx culture, and of course, wouldn’t be a complete guide if it didn’t include one or two classics. .
Z Control (TV Series, Netflix)
Everyone has heard of “Elite” and “Pretty Little Liars”, but what if there was a show that combined both the mystery of “PLL” with the narration and plot of “Elite”?
“Control Z” is a Mexican television series that follows student Sofia Herrera as her school, the Colegio National, suffers a series of targeted attacks from a hacker who reveals everyone’s secrets. The show was released in May 2020 and released its second season this summer.
The show is not only suspenseful and entertaining, but it also deals with issues within the mental health arena and the LGBTQ + community, both of which are often overlooked or overlooked in Latinx culture.
Miss Bala (Movie, Hulu Premium)
The 2019 remake of “Miss Bala” starring Gina Rodriguez shed more light on the very real issue of cartel violence from the perspective of exploited women. The story follows Gloria, who emigrated to the United States after being born in Mexico, as she is kidnapped and forced into the cartel while trying to figure out what happened to her friend, Suzu, who also been the victim of a kidnapping. in the hands of a cartel.
“Miss Bala” deals with real issues facing Latin America, such as gun violence, cartels and violence against women, while also addressing modern topics such as the identity crisis experienced by Gloria as a Mexican American.
One Day at a Time (TV Show, Netflix)
The Norman Lear remake is set in Echo Park, Los Angeles, and follows a family of Cuban Americans across generations. The family presents the experience of Penelope Alvarez, a single mother with two children Elena and Alex and a babysitter for her mother, Lydia Riera.
This sitcom features the authentic experiences of Latinx families in the United States as they navigate tradition and preservation of culture with progression. “One Day at a Time” addresses traditionally taboo topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, both LBGTQ + and Latinx, religion and sex.
Coco (Movie, Disney +)
It wouldn’t be a complete guide without “Coco”. The 2017 classic follows Miguel as his singing longing leads him on an adventure in the ancestral land. The animated film takes the time to beautifully represent both Latinx culture and the holidays, Dia de los Muertos, while also showcasing what is at the heart of Latinidad: family.
From the music to the visuals to the storyline, “Coco” is a modern day classic that’s both heartwarming and healthy to watch.
Good problem (Hulu)
While not an exclusively Latinx show, the spinoff show “Fosters” takes place in the heart of LA and, like its parent show, deals with many Latinx issues. “Good Trouble” follows Mariana and Callie Adams Foster into adulthood and focuses on stories of people who are often not the center of attention.
Mariana’s story ranges from her navigation as a woman of color in STEM to her discovery as an adult. Other Latinx experiences include Gael Martinez and his sister, both of whom struggle to coexist with their traditional family and queer identities. “Good Trouble” does a good job of highlighting different struggles and often overlooked experiences of marginalized communities, especially the Latinx community.
While it may seem difficult to find authentic Latinx stories in movies and on television, there are so many hidden gems that deal with real Latinx issues, traditions and celebrations that are made by and for other members of the community. Latinx. This guide doesn’t summarize all good stories, but it does give a general idea of when storylines may be of interest to young adults at USC looking to broaden their horizons and perspectives.
Selena (Movie, HBO Max)
Another classic not to be missed is the 1997 film Selena starring Jennifer Lopez which follows the education and career of Texas Tijana singer Selena Quintanilla. This classic isn’t just filled with bops like como la flor, la carcacha and dreaming of you, it gives a glimpse of a singer who inspired many people and faced the challenges of being both Mexican and American, which was an even greater challenge in the music industry.
“Selena” is still today one of those films that you cannot not watch at least once or twice a year, despite her tragic death, her story was inspiring and beautiful to follow.
La Niña (TV show, Netflix)
La Niña is based on a true story in Colombia of a girl who was forced into war at a young age and now has to face the consequences of her attempt to escape the cycle of war and violence in which she has been. launched. This implies that she must reintegrate into society and face what she has done.
This story deals with difficult issues that are real and have impacted the lives of many people. It also provides insight into first-hand experiences of that war and does justice by inaccurately portraying the current problem: violence, trafficking and exploitation of children in times of war.