Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It: Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

 

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
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‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’

The accomplished actress traces her rise to stardom and her fight along the way to battle and break beyond stereotypical roles assigned to Latinas by mainstream Hollywood cinema.
Rita Moreno’s seven-decade career on stage and screen is described in Mariem Pérez Riera’s celebratory documentary as both the essence of the American Dream and the tenacious attainment of it despite dispiriting obstacles.
“You must never really believe anything about your fame and all that kind of bullshit,” says Moreno with characteristic modesty and charm. “Yeah, it goes up and down. Right now, it’s up.”
Built around an in-depth interview conducted after the star’s 87th birthday in her home at Berkeley, California, this archive-rich bio is candid and informative.

Produced for PBS’ American Masters series, where it will air after short theatrical run, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It covers the remarkable range of work that earned her the coveted full-house awards haul of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony honors.

Her tireless capacity for self-reinvention has made Moreno an adored icon of Latina representation.

She describes the internal struggles she has experienced in overcoming lack of self-worth instilled by racism, gender inequality, bad relationships and sexual violence.

The film is conventionally structured, but it has a nice and singular story to tell, at the center of which is a warm, resilient, and inspirational subject.