In the Winter of 2016, I created a project about the representation of Latinos in film for my WRC senior thesis. From videos to papers to multimodal projects, each student in the class completed a strikingly different thesis project. My projected consisted of collecting and displaying my research on a website that I created myself. To check out my final product, click here. Below is an abstract about my project:
As I started to research this LGBTQ+ Latinos, a lot of questions came to mind: How is the marginalization of LGBTQ+ Latinos reflected in films? In what ways does the rhetoric in films play a role in portraying identity? Are there films combatting these stereotypes in ways that are groundbreaking? Why does it seem to me that LGBTQ+ Latinos are underrepresented in films? For this reason, I decided to analyze how LGBTQ+ Latinos are represented—or even silenced—in films. Through the use of the critical race theory, this project will explore how intersectionality and identity are portrayed in two Latino films (Fresas y Chocolate and Cuatro Lunas) by focusing on the personal lives of the characters. Thus, the goal of the project is to examine how the rhetoric used in films represents how LGBTQ+ Latinos are marginalized in society as well as highlight how representation in films powerfully instructs audiences about the marginalization and other struggles of this group.