“Well, you’re Mexican… and they don’t accept their gay children.” That misconception, voiced by one of the fathers in El canto del colibrí, is precisely what documentary director Marco Castro-Bojorquez hopes to dispel. The film hopes to counteract the machista and homophobic stereotype of Latino men. To do so, it features Latino immigrant fathers discussing acceptance of their LGBTQ children. It’s a celebration of tolerance and acceptance, and of the love that prevails in households across the U.S.
Directed by activist Castro-Bojorquez, the documentary also delves deeply into issues of immigration, prejudice, and isolation. The doc was created with help from within the queer and Latinx communities, including Somos Familia and BAYCAT Productions, as well as Lambda Legal and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. It’s what makes the feature such a community-driven project.
From the looks of the trailer, it’s the type of movie you may want to watch with a hankie in hand, because you know that seeing heartwarming tales of love and devotion from papás orgullosos will just be too much to handle. Also, the documentary has the Sara Ramirez stamp of approval (the Grey’s Anatomy actress presented the film at this year’s Outfest), so you know you’re in for a treat.