by Kathy Seal

July 1997 


More Latinas than ever before are working in Hollywood.  And talented women find that their tenacity in overcoming double barriers pays off in creating images of cultural truth.

An even younger generation of Latina filmmakers includes Mylene Moreno, Ana Rosa Ramos, Paige Martinez, and Cheryl Quintana Leader.  Moreno, a graduate of Harvard and the documentary-film program at Stanford, has co-produced two PBS shows, one on Pancho Villa and a second on Latinos and politics for the 1992 elections.  She also co-produced the first episode of the PBS series “Chicano!,” and is now documenting the experiences of a sixteen-year-old Latina wife and mother in El Paso who is expecting her second child.  Quintana Leader’s “Tanto Tiempo” (So Much Time), is a semi-autobio-graphical film tracing a young woman’s discovery of her Mexican heritage.  She is hoping to make a miniseries based on Cantora, Sylvia Lopez Medina’s Novel about four generations of Mexican women.  And Austin, Texas-based Martinez showed her documentary film on the Hopi, Words of our Ancients (Hisatsinmuy Navotam), at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford’s increasingly influential effort to promote American independent films.