Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas!

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas!

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Director: Liz Garbus

Cast: Liz Garbus, Rosie Perez, Carmen Serrano, Chema Soto

     
 

Actress Rosie Perez makes her directorial debut with this documentary about her heritage, Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!), which she co-directed with acclaimed documentarian Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA). Starting with the focal point of New York City's famed Puerto RicanSee more details below

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Actress Rosie Perez makes her directorial debut with this documentary about her heritage, Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!), which she co-directed with acclaimed documentarian Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA). Starting with the focal point of New York City's famed Puerto Rican Day Parade, Perez examines her culture, both from a deeply personal perspective, interviewing her sister and cousin about their sense of pride in their background and exploring the journey of her own family from the island to New York City, and from a broader perspective, looking at the island's rich, neglected history. The film explains how Spanish conquistadors nearly wiped out the island's indigenous population, and made Spanish the official language and Catholicism the official religion. The U.S. eventually took over the island during the Spanish-American War, making it a commonwealth, in which residents pay taxes and can serve in the military, but can't vote in national elections. The U.S. prized the island for its sugar plantations and its strategic proximity to the Panama Canal, but a vast percentage of its residents live in poverty to this day. The documentary takes an honest look at how residents of the island were used as guinea pigs by pharmaceutical companies, at how the U.S. government utilized forced sterilization in an effort to control the island's population, and at the bloody struggle for independence led by Pedro Albiza Campos. Operation Bootstrap, a government program to move islanders to the mainland, is also explored. Perez also celebrates the Puerto Rican poets, artists, and musicians that have impacted American culture, along with the island's unique influence on our language. The film had its New York premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
0876964002578
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Red Envelope (Mag400
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:25:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosie Perez Participant
Carmen Serrano Participant
Chema Soto Participant
Sixto Ramos Participant
Bobbito Garcia Participant
Jimmy Smits Narrator

Technical Credits
Liz Garbus Director,Producer
Rosie Perez Director,Executive Producer
Alison Palmer Bourke Executive Producer
Tom Hurwitz Camera Operator
Rory Kennedy Producer
Edward O'Connor Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Rothman Sound/Sound Designer
Evan Shapiro Executive Producer
Roger M. Sherman Camera Operator,Producer,Screenwriter
Kate Taverna Editor
Carlos Valdez Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- ¡Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know)
1. Puerto Rican Pride [10:06]
2. Sense of Identity [7:54]
3. Facing Adversity [9:50]
4. Operation Bootstrap [4:29]
5. Nuyoricans [8:03]
6. Pedro Albizu Campos [7:57]
7. Influential Voices [7:15]
8. A Test Case [9:59]
9. Pockets of Culture [4:24]
10. The Young Lords [7:31]
11. We Have Arrived [5:07]
12. End Credits [2:44]

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