What to Watch This Hispanic Heritage Month

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Gael García Bernal starred in Pablo Larraín's Academy Award–nominated 'No' (2012), the story of an ad executive who comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

As we continue to celebrate and recognize the amazingly rich and diverse contributions to art and culture from Latinx artists, Institute staff and alumni sat down and put together a list of some of our favorite films by Latinx filmmakers.

Films that speak about the complexity of localized social dynamics, documentaries that take us deep into the inner chambers of a president in turmoil, adapted screenplays of celebrated literature—these are only a few of our favorites that we hope you discover or revisit soon. They are eternally influential and inspirational pieces of work.

The Girl from Mexico, directed by Leslie Goodwins (1939)

In this 1939 comedy, "spitfire" actress Lupe Vélez stars as a hot-headed Mexican singer chasing fame in New York.

Enamorada (A Woman in Love), directed by Emilio Fernández (1946)

Lucía, directed Humberto Solás (1968)

Zoot Suit, directed by Luis Valdez (1981)

Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate), directed by Alfonso Arau (1992)

Selena, directed by Gregory Nava (1997)

Amores Perros, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (2000)

The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta), directed by Walter Salles (2004)

Estômago: A Gastronomic Story, directed by Marcos Jorge (2007)

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza), directed by Lucrecia Martel (2008)

Lake Tahoe, directed by Fernando Eimbcke (2008)

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes), directed by Juan José Campanella (2009)

Hermano (Brother), directed by Marcel Rasquin (2012)

Joven y Alocada (Young and Wild), directed by Marialy Rivas (2012)

Mosquita y Mari, directed by Aurora Guerrero (2012)

No, directed by Pablo Larraín (2012)

Gloria, directed by Sebastián Lelio (2013)

Güeros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (2014)

El Amparo, directed by Rober Calzadilla (2016)

The Edge of Democracy, directed by Petra Costa (2019)

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Gael García Bernal starred in Pablo Larraín's Academy Award–nominated 'No' (2012), the story of an ad executive who comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.