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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno is an icon in the Hispanic community. An inspiration to people of color, particularly women, in feeling that their dreams are possible regardless of the obstacles in their way. This documentary captures her story and puts it on display for the world to see. Depicting her as so much more than just a singer, an actress, a dancer, a sex icon, a social activist, a wife, a mother, etc. But she is…

A still from Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It by Mariem Pérez Riera, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It— a documentary that dives deep into the complicated life of the first Hispanic woman to become an EGOT, a fact that encapsulates only four of her many accomplishments.

As a Puerto Rican who has always struggled with his identity as a Hispanic in America, I admired the perilous mountain Rita Moreno climbed. Like all of us, her life has been far from perfect, receiving much criticism in her time, but she did what she needed to survive and succeed in an industry– in a country– not designed for her to do so.

This film sheds light on her story and gives her a platform where she can put it all out there. This makes it so much more than celebrity fluff but rather a true insight into the life of a legend.

A still from Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It by Mariem Pérez Riera, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

If you know what you’re walking into you won’t be disappointed. Laughter, inspiration and jaw dropping honesty from a celebrity who spent a great part of her life living a set number of lies and at one point decided she only wanted to be one thing– herself.

A must see for Hispanics, Latin, and people of color, but everyone can find something. It’s not one of those docs that wishes to move you to action by filling you with guilt because of your inaction, but rather one of those that looks to simply entertain, surprise, and motivate.

9/10

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By Raul Navedo

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