RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

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Series Info
Series:Coming Soon
Reel Representation
Film Info
Rating:PG-13
Runtime:90 minutes
Director:Miriem Perez Riera
Year Released:2021
Production Country:USA
Language:English

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"A long overdue tribute." —Book & Film Globe

"A candid sit-down with a national treasure." —Hollywood Reporter

"Shines a light on the resilient, fearless, inspirational Moreno." —In Their Own League

Over her 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) award winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in West Side Story, the studios continues to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent.

Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It illuminates the humor and grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged as Oscar winner. Moreno's talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists.