Exploration 1 Alex Ortiz

Should more films portray women not only as beautiful but also as brilliant and independent? Society needs to stop with the idea that women can either be beautiful or smart but not both and that they need to have a man in their life in other to have a fulfilling life. Films like Erin Brockovich, 10 things I hate about you, and legally blonde prove that women can be beautiful, but also smart. These films also prove that women can do anything they set their minds to. They demonstrate that you can be an independent woman who doesn't need to bind herself to a man to have a purpose in life.
In the film She's the man, Viola's true passion is soccer and she won't let anything get in the way of her soccer dreams. When Viola realizes her boyfriend doesn't support her athletic passion she ends the relationship. There is no emotional breakup scene, feeling of emptiness, or plot for revenge. Viola is happy with her decision and moves on with her life. This film demonstrates that smart, beautiful woman who know their worth don't need a man to complete them, especially someone who doesn't support their goals/dreams.
Why are there not many films where Latina woman play the lead role and aren't viewed as maids or a sex object? Films like Girl fight, Enough, and Colombiana don't view Latina women as a sexual objects, but instead they are viewed as the main character. Strong, fierce women who will do the impossible in order to achieve greatness. For example in Girl fight, Diana want's to be a boxer but her father refuses to let her because she is a female. Diana trains excessively to conquer her goal and ends up becoming the gym's first female champion.
In the Documentary Frida, Frida is played by Mexican American actress Salma Hayek. Hayek does an astonishing job capturing the beauty and brightness that Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo had. Frida is an inspiration to many Latina females. She was not only brilliant, but she was also a determined person who never gave up on her dreams. It inspires all Women, but especially Latina women to never give up and to go out there and accomplish their dreams.
Should there be more movies made on topics that have been an on going issue in our society or would that end up leading to even more discrimination? Immigration has emerged as a dominant topic in our society recently. No one truly understands the hardships of immigrants until you have walked in their shoes. Films like, the immigrant, in this world, and under the same moon take you into a world of hardships and battles that immigrant people have to face everyday in order to achieve the American dream.
This documentary focuses on the question as to why so many Mexicans come to the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. This film provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions to the problem.

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