Hispanic Heritage Month: What To Stream On Netflix This Weekend

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15, and we encourage you and your family to use the opportunity to celebrate your culture, identity, and background. This weekend, take a load off, grab a bowl of popcorn, and settle in to watch these Latino-themed movies in honor of the occasion.

From Y Tu Mamá Tambien to Chico & Rita, here are 10 films to add to your Netflix queue for HHM:

 

1. Como Agua Para Chocolate

Based on Laura Esquivel's novel of the same name, Como Agua Para Chocolate won the Ariel Award (the "Mexican Oscar") for Best Picture. The book and the movie both create a beautiful world of passion, romance, and, of course, Mexican cuisine. 

2. Instructions Not Included

Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez wrote, directed and starred in the surprise comedic hit of 2013. When Acapulco's resident playboy discovered a baby on his doorstep, he departs to Los Angeles to find the mother. Along the way, he manages to discover the meaning of home in a heartwarming tale. 

3. Y Tu Mamá También

The Oscar-winning director of GravityAlfonso Cuarón, first made a splash in his irreverent drama about two best friends (Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna) and a sexy older woman (Maribel Verdu) on a road trip to Heaven's Month — a fictional beach paradise the friends claim lies on the Oaxacan coast. Along the way, the best friends learn a thing or two about themselves, about sex, about life, and about Mexico. 

4. Chico & Rita

Set in Cuba in 1948, Chico & Rita follows Chico, a young pianist with big dreams, and Rita, a beautiful singer. Music and dance unite them in this bittersweet animated feature. 

5. Chevolution

We all know Che Guevara by the iconic picture. But, do you know the story behind the snapshot? This documentary follows the story of the photographer, Alberto Korda. Interviews with Gael Garcia Bernal and Antonio Banderas — both of whom played Guevara on screen — complement the compelling story of one of the most famous photos in Latin American history. 

6. Hecho En México

Hecho En México may be directed by a Brit, but the movie faithfully and beautifully captures the spirit and music of the country. Interviews with Alejandro Fernandez, Diego Luna and more take the viewer on an incredible journey through modern day "Mexicancity." 

7. Waste Land

Vik Muniz filmed Waste Land over the course of three years as he journeyed from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil. There, he set his sights on the world's largest garbage dump, and photographed a band of catadores — those who pick through the trash for recyclable materials. He filmed as they transformed the "trash" into heartwrenching, beautiful works of art that showcase life in Brazil. 

8. Viva Cuba

Viva Cuba explores class divides and immigration in Cuba through the lens of two children, Jorgito and Malu. Sweet, sad, and compelling, this film should be added to your (and your children's) Netflix queue. 

9. La Camioneta

La Camioneta focuses on a fascinating, under-reported story of decommissioned American school buses that make their way to Guatemala, where locals repair, repaint, and resurrect the camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. While focusing on the story of just one bus, the filmmakers manage to give viewers an upbeat documentary that delves into the lives of the people who work on los camionetas

10. Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America

Filmmakers take viewers into the world of one of Argentina's most famous musicians, Mercedes Sosa. In an impressive career that spanned five decades, Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts across the planet, and won the hearts of people across Latin America and the world.