Representation, Action and Determination.

That is exactly what Sony’s new action-packed film MISS BALA is all about.

The film starring actors Gina Rodriguez and Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Córdova takes its viewers on a wild chase with an ending that you can’t possibly predict.

The film which is said to have had a 95 percent Latino cast and crew, follows the main character “Gloria” who is played by Rodriguez through a series of obstacles in and around Tijuana, Mexico. Gloria who is determined to find her best friend “Suzu” played by Mexican actress Cristina Rodlo, is forced to help her captor, a crime boss, named “Lino” played by Córdova. Throughout the film you witness Gloria turn into a bold and powerful mujer that won’t let anything or anyone keep her from finding her best friend.

Having a Latina cast for a role outside the typical roles often given to Latinas makes for something refreshing and new. With characters like Gloria, we get to witness Latinas in action and get to see actresses such as Rodriguez step into empowering roles. Sure like in many Hollywood films, not all scenarios are “realistic,” but it also doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a step forward in diversifying Hollywood films. 

One thing is for sure, the representation of the Latino community in the film is present in many ways.

First, having the starring roles be Latino and having more than half of the production crew being Latino is big within itself but MISS BALA brought more than that. It brought actors such as Córdova, who is breaking through barriers himself and is showing Hollywood why they need to make space for Latinos and people of color in all genres in film. Córdova is doing this by starring in films such as “Mary Queen of Scots” stepping into a period film, something he has always wanted to do and has been vocal about on social media. 

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I had a “silly” dream to play one Of those characters in a period film that gets to run around castles and grand fields and wear one of those amazing structured costumes. But as I grew older I realized that I had given that up because , well , people of color more often than not are not subjects in this kind of if we had never existed . It took the vision of @josierourke and the support of @workingtitlefilms and @focusfeatures to break with that and be part of the steps of change that we are experiencing throughout our industry . I, an Afro Puerto Rican , have the honor of playing the gallant David Rizzio, Italian violinist, queer, and right hand of Mary Queen Of Scots in @maryqueenmovie . A film led by two extraordinary womxn portraying the depth of their power directed by the visionary @josierourke . This creates a moment in time , where two kids like @gemma_chan and myself got to live out their fantasy and that many other kids will Now know it’s not a fantasy but real possibility in their lives : to do and be whatever the hell they want . We’ve always been here, now you get to see us 🙂 MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS OPENS TONIGHT DEC 7

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Aside from the leading actors representing Latinos in film, the MISS BALA crew also featured music by ibeyi which is a French-Cuban-Afro-Latina musical duo lead by twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz. All in all the film really attempted and succeeded in making its mark towards seeing more Latinos cast, starring and producing more films in Hollywood.

Catch MISS BALA in theaters this weekend, starting tonight, February 1st.