Ought to the Gregory Nava-directed and written film be chosen by the Library of Congress, it will develop into certainly one of solely a handful of Latino movies within the Nationwide Movie Registry, together with 1981’s Zoot Swimsuit; 1988’s Stand and Ship, for which Olmos obtained an Academy Award nomination for Finest Actor; and 1983’s El Norte, which was additionally directed by Nava and depicts the tragic migration story of two indigenous Mayans to the U.S. El Norte garnered Nava and his cowriter Anna Thomas an Oscar nomination for unique screenplay.
Legislators said within the letter that “[m]any of those movies made necessary contributions to the nationwide consciousness and understanding of points like labor rights, immigration, and academic disparities that the CHC seeks to handle legislatively at the moment. Different movies tragically by no means obtained the wide-distribution or recognition that has been afforded to different classics of American cinema, regardless of their ongoing relevance to Latinos at the moment.
“As such, we respectfully ask that the Nationwide Movie Registry discover methods to spotlight the Latino-focused movies within the registry, to make sure that these necessary examples of American Hispanic heritage not simply be preserved however seen,” they proceed. “As a subsequent step, we additionally want to formally nominate the 1997 movie Selena for inclusion within the Nationwide Movie Registry in 2021.”
Selena depicts the performer’s life story, from singing as a younger woman along with her siblings A.B. and Suzette on the household’s restaurant and carnivals to Grammy-winning stardom, and her tragic killing by an affiliate on the age of solely 23 in 1995. Selena’s posthumous album was launched shortly after her demise and contained songs that had been meant for a full-length English language album. “Dreaming of You” cemented Selena’s standing as a music icon, breaking a number of music information and serving to make her the best-selling Latina artist of the 1990s.
Greater than 20 years after its launch—and nearing the 25th anniversary of Selena’s demise—the film nonetheless attracts pleasure from followers, with theaters around the country still holding occasional screenings. “Selena is an American icon and she or he’s so celebrated inside the Latino group,” Castro tells NBC Information. “I feel a part of the affirmation of that was, not solely the success of the movie, but additionally the recent success of the television series.“
The inclusion of Selena within the Nationwide Movie Registry would additionally signify a triumph for Nava, who with Thomas additionally cowrote Frida and My Household (Nava directed the latter) and would now have a number of movies included within the registry. “For too lengthy U. S. Latinx filmmakers’ contribution to the movie business has been missed and underrepresented,” he mentioned within the assertion. “Our group is necessary and rising and our tales should be informed. I applaud the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ efforts to carry consideration to this and to honor the accomplishments of Latinx filmmakers.”