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Latinx and Chicanx Film and Television

A research guide to books, articles, and resources on selected topics relevant to the study of Latinx and Chicanx film and television.


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Black-and-White photo of 10 people, all looking at the camera.

Justice for Chicanos in the Motion Picture and Television Industry Meeting (Los Angeles, 1973)

Members of Justicia (Justice for Chicanos in the Motion Picture and Television Industry). Ray Andrade (center), a former professional boxer and Green Beret in Vietnam, formed Justicia to protect the image of Chicanos in media. The organization was eventually disbanded, but it helped pave the way for equal opportunities for Chicanos in the industry.

From The Shades of L.A. Photo Collection, Los Angeles Public Library 

Color image of multiple Chicanos holding a sign that says

Chicano Moratorium: A Question of Freedom (1971)

Film still provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Black-and-white image still from the film Romance Tropical. A woman and a man are seen in Puerto Rico and drinking from some fruit.

Romance Tropical (dir. Juan Emilio Viguié, 1934)

Film still provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Color photo of two women and two men watching a small television on a film set.

Behind-the-Scenes Photo (Poteet, TX, 1996)

Film Set for Selena (dir. Gregory Nava, 1997). Principal Actors: Constance Marie (left), Jennifer Lopez, and Edward James Olmos (far right) surround director Gregory Nava as they watch playback footage. 

Via Caller Times: Corpus Christi Newspaper

Black-and-White photo of Rita Moreno and the Oscar she received for her acting.

Rita Moreno holding an Oscar statue (Los Angeles, 1963)

Rita Moreno became the first Latin American woman to win an Academy Award, for her acting performance in West Side Story (dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961) 

From the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection, Los Angeles Public Library

Film still from

Frida (dir. Julie Taymor, 2002)

A film still from Frida. Mexican actress Salma Hayek portrays the famous Mexican painter. 

Via Film Grab

Black-and-white image still from film Please Don't Bury Me Alive. Includes a group of people looking at the camera.

Please, Don't Bury Me Alive!/ ¡Por Favor, No Me Entierren Vivo! (1976) (dir. Efraín Gutiérrez, 1977)

Film still provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Black-and-white image of a man and a woman looking at each other.

El rey de los gitanos (dir. Frank Strayer, 1933)

Film still provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Welcome and Introduction

This guide was created in 2022-2023 by Diana King and Arts Library Research Assistant Diana Cardenas. The guide explores resources on Latinx and Chicanx film, television, and associated media. 

A good place to begin research is with reference material such as the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States and the entry for Media.

Below are associated guides that can help with your research journey: 


The research guide curators acknowledge that terminology and naming of ethnic and racial categories is complex, imperfect, often contentious, and contextual. See below for some resources and examination of terms.

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