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Latina Voices Behind the Camera:Shifting the Focus toward Latina Filmmakers
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For most of Hollywood film history, this was the ratio of male-to-female involvement in film production: mostly men and mostly white. Women were rarely a part of the picture behind the camera for most of the 20th century, except as “script girls” who worked under their more recognized male counterparts. While the landscape of film production continues to evolve into a more inclusive industry as it progresses into the 21st century, there still remains significant gaps, specifically in the inclusion of women and women of color, especially Latinas, as influencers behind the camera. Recent studies have identified a disconnect between the immense purchasing power of the Latinx community in the United States and the representation of (or lack thereof) such community members in front of the camera, let alone representation behind the camera. Through interviews of Latina filmmakers contextualized by a review of past literature, this thesis aims to analyze how the involvement of women, specifically Latinas, in influential positions in the creative process of contemporary filmmaking may affect the representation of Latinx issues and Latinx community members while simultaneously contributing to the heterogeneity of film and television narratives created by women.