Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariana Da Silva.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I founded El Cine after moving to Los Angeles, realizing the roles I was asked to portray of Latinas were inaccurate. I, who am an immigrant myself, began volunteering at the immigration center and saw first hand the necessity of education. So I decided to merge the two things I felt most passionate about, film and diversity.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a smooth road so far. We found our audience immediately and have felt immensely supported by the community. This is the first monthly Latin film programming series, and there was a massive necessity for that. We are in Los Angeles, the Latino population is immense. People want to see things that connect them to themselves and where they come from. It’s important to have a monthly space where you can do so.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the El Cine story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a monthly Latin film programming series. We host events with diverse filmmakers and screen their films.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope we can see a shift in the amount of content created by the Latinx community and that the movement stays consistent past our political climates. I would love to see more higher-ups give the opportunity to new voices, so it is not always constantly the same faces, and our community gets to take up more space. When I began El Cine, I had to convince others to screen Latin films. I hope no one has to go through that again.
- Our events range from 15-20 dollars per ticket.
- Website: Somoselcine.org
- Instagram: Somoselcine
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