A new study titled “Latinos in Film: Erasure On-Screen & Behind the Camera Across 1,200 Popular Movies,” spotlights the ongoing lack of Latino representation in the film industry.
Released Monday (Aug. 26) by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in partnership with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Wise Entertainment, the report examined the prevalence of Latino characters on-screen across 1,200 top-grossing films from 2007 to 2018, as well as the presence of Latinos working behind the camera as directors, producers, and casting directors.
According to the study, only 4.5 percent of all 4,268 speaking or named characters across the last 12 years were Latino and only 3 percent of films featured Latino leads or co-leads across the 100 top-grossing movies from 2007-2018. The most frequently hired Latino actors for a protagonist role include Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Eugenio Derbez, and Jessica Alba.
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