In 1898, the United States invaded and colonized Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish American War. For over a century the people of Puerto Rico have maintained a polarizing debate on the STATUS ISSUE that has been front and center of the political discourse on the Island. Puerto Ricans (American citizens since 1917) constantly dispute between the options of Statehood, Independence and Commonwealth. On November 6, 2012 the people of Puerto Rico held the fourth plebiscite in the Island's history to try to redefine the political relationship with the United States. Weeks before the plebiscite vote, filmmaker Juan Agustín Márquez traveled back to his homeland and interviewed leading politicians, historians, sociologists, and economists to dissect the status debate in a multi-layered conversation about the pros and cons of each option on the ballot. His mission: To explain the status debate to the people of the United States, Congress and the President, and bring the American people up to ...Written by
Juan Agustín Márquez is a well-known Puerto Rican Producer and Director of many Documentaries. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner whose films are based on social justice and education. Over a period of three years, he has produced and directed more than 120 films of Puerto Rico's top tourist attractions. His first feature length documentary, 100,000, based on Puerto Rico's overpopulation problem has won numerous awards.The film, The Last Colony by Juan Agustín Márquez, is a truly remarkable depiction of fighting for one's country. It exhibits the devotion and love that these citizens' have for what they believe their nation's status ought to be. Whether it should remain a commonwealth, receive its independence or acquire statehood. Juan captures this incredible experience from beginning to end and once again, has accomplished his goal and produced an authentic and riveting documentary.--Kristen Ross
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