Millie and the Lords tells the story of Milagros Baez, a young, working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party and her rich Puerto Rican history.
This is the story of Milagros Baez (Millie.) Millie struggles with low self esteem and has little or no sense of who she is as a Puerto Rican. Her life begins to change when she meets Mateo, a former member of the Young Lords Party. As she begins to educate herself and stand up for her own needs, making new friends and finding a boyfriend along the way,she changes herself and everyone around her.She begins to see that it is her and only her that can take the first step in changing her life.Written by
I saw this film on HBO On Demand(film is done almost entirely in English), and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It has a documentary feel to it at times, as the film moves well between the history of the Young Lords of New York City and the modern life of young Puertorricans in today's New York.
The film started slowly and a bit clumsily, but got better as it moved on. As was stated in another review, the film receives merit simply for the topic, but it does seem to have some problems, mainly with timing, editing, and some not so good acting at times. For example, plot lines were thrown out there and never finished up. Still, I think this film is important, as it brings to light The Young Lords and their movement of the late 60s.
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