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Film 1 - Bad Hombres

This film explores the roots of criminalization of the Latino community in the United States. Stretching from the colonization of Latin America and the Caribbean, the film tracks the stereotypes and the policies used to cast Latinos as suspicious “others.” It takes a deeper dive into the policies, public narratives and personal testimonies that expose a system that associates crime with the Latino identity and explains how Latinos have become the fastest growing minority in the U.S. prison system.

Directors: Carlos Sandoval and Paula Heredia

Featured Interviews:

  • José Luis Morín, Legal Historian; Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY); Chairperson, Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LLS) Department
  • William D. Carrigan, Historian; Chair and Professor of History at Rowan University
  • Kelly Lyttle Hernández, Historian; Professor of History and African AmericanStudies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Juan Cartagena, Constitutional law scholar; President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice
  • Kassandra Frederique, Policy Advocate; New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
  • Jorge Renaud, Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy, LatinoJustice
  • Xuan Santos, Sociologist - Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator, Department of Sociology, Criminology and Justice, East Los Angeles College
  •  Gaby Hernández, Psychiatric Social Worker, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Steve Huerta, Data Expert
  • Tina Nieto, Chief of Police, City of Marina, CA


“Colonialization, racial dominance, the notion that there is a superior race in the United States, has everything to do with the control of a particular population.”

Juan Cartagena

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