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Mi Puerto Rico (1995)

| Documentary, Family, Music
This documentary presents a personal journey through Puerto Rico's rich African, Taino, and Spanish cultural traditions with revelatory stories by poets, abolitionists, revolutionaries, and... See full summary »

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Sharon Simon
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Felipe Luciano Felipe Luciano ... Himself
Raquel Ortiz Raquel Ortiz ... Herself (Narrator)
Geraldo Rivera ... Himself
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This documentary presents a personal journey through Puerto Rico's rich African, Taino, and Spanish cultural traditions with revelatory stories by poets, abolitionists, revolutionaries, and politicians, all of whom have struggled for a national identity that has been greatly influenced by the island's ambiguous relationship with the United States. Using interviews, literature, poetry, the collages of artist Juan Sanchez, along with archival film footage and photographs, Mi Puerto Rico gives the viewer a musical, visual, and historical journey seen from the island itself and from its many transplants on the mainland United States. Written by Leslye Allen (L. J. Allen-2)

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USA

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English

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Ortiz/Simon Productions See more »
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Extremely well-done autobiographical and historical piece
11 November 2000 | by showesSee all my reviews

Mi Puerto Rico is an excellent, comprehensive documentary that is simultaneously a personal journey and an education in Puerto Rican history. The narrator, Raquel Ortiz, is a Puerto Rican woman who grew up in the South Bronx and who did not visit the Island until she was 12 years old. Her film details her own feelings about Puerto Rican history and identity in between chronological historical segments.

Part of what makes the film so successful is Ms. Ortiz's presence. She is an excellent narrator and interviewer, as evidenced through her conversations/interviews with a variety of Puerto Ricans, including a cultural historian, the granddaughter of Luis Munoz Marin, and former sugar cane factory workers. (This film may be worth the viewing if only to see Geraldo Rivera discuss his former position as the Young Lords' lawyer!) These and other people in the film tackle the complex issue of Puerto Rico's status vis-a-vis the US, and ultimately indicate that, although there are many opinions about whether Puerto Rico should be independent or not, preserving Puerto Rican culture and heritage is important to all Puerto Ricans.

Mi Puerto Rico is a heartfelt, effective film that would do well in a classroom setting. It provides an excellent overview of Puerto Rican-US history while maintaining a personal documentary feeling.


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