Los Niños Sicarios takes us into the lives of American teenage hitmen working for major Mexican drug cartels. How is it that young kids are driven to commit such horrible crimes? This chilling dramatic film is about seemingly everyday Chicano boys who ride bikes, play football in the park, play videos games, and carry out hits on targeted individuals.
Stop is an intense and brilliant short dramatic film about one young man’s close call with NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” program. The short film is written and directed by Puerto Rican/African American filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green and shot by the talented Argentine cinematographer Federico Cesca. Ultimately, Stop subtly humanizes the lingering anxiety and paranoia that many people of color often face.
In this episode of Revisionist History, a new podcast from the great Malcolm Gladwell, we meet a brilliant young Latino named Carlos. Serving as a reference point for a greater question of how well America is making use of its human potential, Carlos represents one of the tens of thousands of gifted students who, because they lack resources, get left by the wayside.
Adam Perez, a journalist with the Los Angeles Times, brings us a great and touching short documentary about a teenage orphan from Guatemala, now living in Los Angeles. The film chronicles a typical 19 hour day in the life of Gaspar Marcos, who is a full-time high school student during the day and works a full-time job at night.
With an influx of unaccompanied minors traveling from Central America, how can we as a nation best address this issue to support these kids?
At a time of such national divisions, it is good to know that young Latinos are coming together to try and address community issues and champion good work.
Take a look at this local news story about the Young Latino Philanthropist Initiative, a group of Denver area Latinos coming together to encourage and support positive change in their community.
"Everybody has a heart, and everybody has a story"