The musical drama about Puerto Ricans
The film, which focuses on events that occurred in the Summer of 2019 in Puerto Rico, premieres this week in Puerto Rican theaters and on streaming platforms.
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The shooting for the film Calle de la Resistencia started during Hurricane Maria in 2017, and continued into the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that historical moment for Puerto Rico, Calle de la Resistencia seeks to become a valuable reference for the next generations of Puerto Ricans and all of Latin America.
The film recounts what happened during the Summer of 2019 after the RickyLeaks scandal, which involved several authorities from the cabinet of Ricardo Roselló, then-governor of Puerto Rico. The controversy sparked mass demonstrations in the streets as people demanded Rosselló's resignation. After 12 days of protests, he finally resigned.
Calle de la Resistencia is based on the experience of journalist Milton Carrero, a former correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. In the movie, Carrero aims to reflect problems that affect the society of Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America, such as racism, gender violence, the lack of diversity policies for the LGBTQ+ community, and corruption.
Thirty-five people have collaborated on the production, all from Latin Americans, except one from Europe, but who has African roots. Part of the film's shooting was possible thanks to 350 people around the world who donated to a crowdfunding campaign.
Listed as a musical drama, the soundtrack of the film has 20 original songs in Latin American styles such as reggaeton, salsa, and reggae. The public will be able to enjoy performances by Denise Blasor (Doña Magaly), Efraín Figueroa (Guelo), Almarie Guerra (Surely), and José Luis Oyola (Octavio), among others.
With the music, the director seeks a common motto: a call for the unity in Latin America to demand social justice and keep hope alive to enact social change.
The feature film has already been presented at several international film festivals including: Puerto Rico Film Festival, San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Palm Beach Music Awards, and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival.
Calle de la Resistencia will premiere in Puerto Rican theaters on Thursday, March 3, and will also be available on streaming platforms.