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People

Exploring the Latino Image
in Hollywood Cinema

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BY VALERIE ORLEANS
From Dateline (April 8, 2004)

Nancy De Los Santos
Film producer and lecturer Nancy De Los Santos shares her insights into the role of Latinos in Hollywood with students attending “The Bronze Screen” class on campus this semester. De Los Santos became interested in the topic after working in the film industry and wondering what conclusions people drew about Mexican and Latino people based on Hollywood images.
Photo by Patrick O’Donnell

Every Thursday evening, more than 180 students crowd into Mackey Auditorium to watch movies – but not just any films. They view select screenings to learn more about the roles Latinos have played in Hollywood.

Leading them through the educational process is Nancy De Los Santos, producer of the documentary, “The Bronze Screen: 100 Years, The Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema.”

“What is interesting about studying the image of Mexicans and Latinos in film is that it demonstrates the attitudes that prevailed in America at different times during the past century,” says the educator.

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Q&A with Santos

• Nancy De Los Santos

• Why did you decide to produce "The Bronze Screen?"

• What did you discover about images of Hispanics in movies?

• So you decided to set the record straight?

• Do you think today's movies and TV shows present a better image?

How did this class end up at Cal State Fullerton?

• What do you hope students will gain with from this class?

 
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