Here Are the 27 Latino Films Congress Nominated for the National Film Registry for 2023

Lead Photo: Allison Anders' 1993 film 'Mi Vida Loca'
Allison Anders' 1993 film 'Mi Vida Loca'
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Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have nominated 27 Latine films for inclusion into the National Film Registry (NFR) this year.

The NFR, which selected films for preservation based on their “historical, cultural, and aesthetic contributions,” was founded in 1988. Of the 850 films currently listed in the registry, only 24 – or less than three percent – are Latine films. These include Stand and DeliverEl Norte, and La Bamba.

“Given the film industry’s continued exclusion of Latinos, we must make a special effort to ensure that Latino Americans’ contributions to American filmmaking are appropriately celebrated and included in the National Film Registry,” Congressman Castro wrote in his nomination letter.

Castro added that excluding Latinos from the film industry “affects Latinos seeking opportunities” in Hollywood and “shapes how [they] are perceived, stereotyped, and misunderstood in American life.”

The films Castro and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus nominated this year are: My FamilyLike Water for Chocolate…And the Earth Did Not Swallow HimBlood In Blood OutRaising Victor VargasFridaI Like It Like ThatWalkoutMosquita y MariThe Milagro Beanfield WarUnder the Same MoonAmerican MeTortilla SoupMi Vida LocaInstructions Not IncludedMaria Full of GraceGirlfightLa MissionSleep DealerOur Latin ThingUp in SmokeA Better LifeGun Hill RoadIn the Time of ButterfliesAmerican Experience: Roberto ClementeThe Longoria Affair, and Alambrista!

In the past, Castro and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have helped usher films like Selena and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez into the registry. Movies must be at least ten years old to be eligible for a nomination, so we’ll have to wait until 2033 to get Blue Beetle in.