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Rosie Perez Film Explores Puerto Rican Pride

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Rosie Perez Film Explores Puerto Rican Pride

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Rosie Perez Film Explores Puerto Rican Pride

Rosie Perez Film Explores Puerto Rican Pride

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Rosie Perez and Jimmy Smits record narration for Yo Soy Boricua, Pa Que Tu Lo Sepas! IFC hide caption

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Actress Rosie Perez steps behind the camera for a documentary on Puerto Rico's people, politics and culture. She co-directed the film, titled Yo Soy Boricua, Pa Que Tu Lo Sepas!" (I Am a Boricua, Just So You Know It.)

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The documentary covers the island's indigenous Taino Indians (Boricua is the Taino word for Puerto Rican), the Spanish conquest, the takeover by the United States and the island's status. As a U.S. commonwealth, the people of Puerto Rico are American citizens, but they have no representatives in Congress and can't vote for president.

Perez, actor Jimmy Smits, and the film's co-director, Liz Garbus, discuss the making of the film and the uneasy relationship between the United States and the commonwealth.