¡americanos!: Latino Life in the United States
NR Directed by Susan Todd, Andrew Young.
REVIEWED Fri., Aug. 11, 2000
Last year, the most popular name in Los Angeles for newborns was Jose. Susan Todd and Andrew Young’s documentary focuses on the undeniable Latino presence in modern America as well as the continuing struggle for Latinos to find their identity (one humorous sequence finds subjects arguing about the Chicano/Latino/Hispanic moniker). Interview subjects include El Vez, the flamboyant “Chicano Elvis” whose repertoire includes a song called “I’m Not Hispanic”; Aida Alvarez, the first Hispanic woman to become a member of any president’s Cabinet, criticized for not looking Hispanic enough; and Mariposa, a Puerto Rican spoken-word poet, fighting prejudice from her family for being “American.”