TheLatinaPress Nº26: LALIFF, la Mente, y Pride

The team behind LALIFF on the LALIFF red carpet

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Edward James Olmos, Co-Founder of LALIFF


At a time when our industry is faced with the responsibility of evaluating our commitment to fair practices, LALIFF is proud to offer a safe space for dialogue and the enjoyment of the work by the filmmakers and artists of our community

Edward James Olmos, Co-Founder of LALIFF

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is back with a stellar lineup that promises to captivate audiences from start to finish. Cristina Escobar covered LALIFF for Latino Rebels and gave us eight must-see movies featured at this week’s festival. Among the highly anticipated films is La Otra Forma, an animated gem from Colombia that “dares to dream differently,” as Ana María Enciso Noguera writes for LatinaMedia.Co. This thought-provoking film is a testament to the diversity and creativity showcased at LALIFF, offering a unique perspective on storytelling. Looking for the complete lineup? Writer Shirley Gómez put together a comprehensive list that serves as a testament to the rich tapestry of Latin American cinema, highlighting the immense talent and range of stories told by Latine filmmakers. Whether you’re a cinephile or simply looking to explore the world through the lens of Latina cinema, LALIFF is essential for preserving and promoting Latine film, filmmakers, and fans.


When it comes to mental health and Latinos, we have a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of pressure on first-generation Latinas in the U.S. We’re expected to be beautiful and smart and make the sacrifices worth it and make people proud. It’s a lot. The sooner you start [to work on your mental health], the sooner we can get shit done.

Tefi Pessoa

Mental health holds immense significance within the Latine community, and addressing the existing barriers and challenges surrounding it is crucial. In an effort to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health medication, Latines must acknowledge the importance of seeking appropriate treatment and support. This shift in perception is further bolstered by the work of individuals like Afro-Latina therapist Gloria Osborne-Sheeler, whose initiative, Digame, provides a safe space for BIPOC individuals to heal and find solace. Moreover, the intersectionality of mental health and climate justice has been recognized by Tefi Pessoa, as she advocates for both causes simultaneously. By acknowledging and addressing mental health within the Latine community, we can collectively foster a supportive environment that embraces well-being and promotes holistic healing for all.


Drag Me to Dinner will take the high-octane drama of both reality TV genres and crank up the heat even further. In the words of Judge Bianca Del Rio, “A show about drag queens cooking and drinking —what could possibly go wrong?”

James Factora

During Pride month, we’re thrilled to celebrate the works of queer and LGBTQ+ writers, highlighting their films and shows. Mey Rude offers us a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of Juilo Torres’ new film Problemista, which centers around a visionary artist that effortlessly intertwines and centers queer Latinx narratives, enchanting viewers with its ethereal beauty. For LatinaMedia.Co, Laura Andrea takes a look at the character Elena from the TV show One Day at a Time. For Andrea, Elena becomes a powerful symbol of the challenges many Latinas face as they navigate the delicate balance between personal identity and cultural expectations. And if you’re looking for a new show to binge, James Factora previewed the new show Drag Me to Dinner, which promises a delectable fusion of culinary delights and drag performances. And it doesn’t hurt that the first Latine winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the hilarious Bianco Del Rio, is one of the judges. These articles prove the rich and intricate layers of Latine LGBTQ+ media representation we can celebrate this and every month.


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