The Latino Experience

S2021 E3 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 3

An artist longs to paint a hillside community green. A single mother and veteran takes a new job that triggers her PTSD. A woman's deceased parents return to help her during the pandemic. A family grapples with politics during a holiday dinner.

AIRED: July 20, 2021 | 0:55:47
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ANNOUNCER: PBS IS PROUD TO PRESENT

"THE LATINO EXPERIENCE," A SPECIAL COLLECTION

OF SHORT FILMS FROM A VISIONARY GROUP

OF FILMMAKERS.

FROM INTIMATE FAMILY DRAMAS...

THAT'S A PROMISE.

TO THOUGHT-PROVOKING DOCUMENTARIES,

WITNESS THE STORIES, THE STRUGGLES,

THE CELEBRATIONS.

13 SHORT FILMS THAT HIGHLIGHT THE RICH AND DIVERSE WORLD

OF THE LATINO EXPERIENCE.

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[WOMAN SINGING IN SPANISH]

[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]

[SAW WHIRS]

AHH!

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[FILM PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[CLICK]

[OVERLAPPING VOICES SPEAKING IN SPANISH]

[CHILDREN PLAYING]

[RAIN]

[DOG BARKING]

[MAN SPEAKING SPANISH]

[SPANISH MUSIC PLAYING]

[MAN SINGING IN SPANISH ON RADIO]

[LAUGHTER]

[CHILDREN CHATTERING]

[APPLAUSE]

[CHILD SQUEALS]

[ALL CHEERING]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[WHISTLES]

[LAUGHTER]

[APPLAUSE]

CHEMI: "TO LOOK AT ART IS NOT TO CONSUME IT PASSIVELY,

"BUT TO BECOME A PART OF A WORLD TO WHICH

"BOTH THE ART AND THE SPECTATOR BELONG,

"FOR IT IS THEY WHO ARE CAPABLE OF SEEING THE REAL BEAUTY

IN THE SLOPES AND SURFACE OF THIS CONCRETE CREATIONS."

COOL. THAT'S IT. [CHUCKLES]

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[GASPS]

WE STILL GOING TO THE BEACH?

YES, SIR.

SUN'S GOT TO WARM UP THE DAY FIRST.

[BELLS TOLLING]

[ENGINE SPUTTERS]

[PASTOR SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

NO.

[WHISPERING] I NEED TO PEE.

[WHISPERING] ATTENTION.

[TAPPING ON DOOR]

HEY, SURE YOU DON'T NEED MY HELP?

OK. GIVE ME YOUR BOOK.

HE MUST LOOK LIKE THIS FATHER.

EVERY TUESDAY WE HAVE A MEMBER MEETING.

MAYBE, UH, YOUR HUSBAND AND YOU CAN, UH...

I GREW UP CATHOLIC.

THAT'S WHY I KEPT HIM,

'CAUSE I BELIEVE LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT,

EVEN WHEN IT COMES FROM SOMETHING UGLY.

WE STILL GOING TO THE BEACH?

YES, SIR.

THAT'S A PROMISE.

ATTENTION!

FORWARD MARCH.

LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT.

LEFT. KEEP UP, SOLIDER.

BO, CLOSE YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU EAT.

AND WIPE THAT CRUMB CATCHER.

SO IT'S NOT STEALING?

ALMS FOR THE POOR.

ALMS? WHAT'S THAT?

DONATIONS. YOU KNOW, WHEN PEOPLE GIVE AWAY ALL SORTS OF THINGS,

FURNITURE, CLOTHES,

EVEN MONEY FOR PEOPLE IN NEED.

[DISH CLATTERS]

WAITRESS: I'M SORRY, SIR. MAN: [INDISTINCT]

I QUIT!

STAY HERE.

NO, NO, NO, MISS, PLEASE.

YOU'RE A CUSTOMER, NO, NO.

BUT I COULD BE A WAITRESS.

TRY ME OUT UNTIL THE RUSH IS OVER.

TRUST ME, SIR, I'VE DONE MUCH HARDER JOBS THAN THIS.

THANK YOU.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

CAN YOU STAY ON FOR THE WHOLE DAY?

YES, SIR.

START MEMORIZING THE MENU, MUCHACHA.

MAYBE TAKE YOUR LUNCH NOW AND DROP HIM OFF WITH A RELATIVE, HUH?

IT'S NOT A GREAT PLACE FOR NIÑOS

WHEN THE SPORTS CROWD COMES IN.

THANK YOU, SIR.

GET YOUR THINGS.

OK?

WE STILL GOING TO THE BEACH?

UM...

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT AT HOME, OK?

COME ON.

NO! BO!

[GRUNTING] COME ON.

[BO WHINING]

STAND UP ON YOUR FEET. LET'S GO.

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

MOM: LET'S GO.

WE'RE GOING THIS WAY.

LOOK, YOU KNOW WHAT...

BO: NO. NO!

HEY, THAT IS ENOUGH.

YOU HEAR ME?

[WHINING] [SPANKING]

LET'S GO.

GET IN THERE.

DON'T YOU WANT ME TO SAVE UP FOR OUR OWN PLACE?

HUH?

A PROPER PLACE.

NOT THIS STINKY CAN ON WHEELS.

[SCOFFS] YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO START A NEW SCHOOL.

YOU'RE GROWING UP SO FAST.

MEANS I GOT TO GET YOU NEW CLOTHES.

[SIGHS]

YEAH.

I FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THIS JOB.

THAT'S HOW YOU ALWAYS FEEL WHEN YOU GET A NEW JOB.

EXCUSE ME.

IF YOU'RE GONNA TALK BACK TO ME,

THEN YOU HAVE THE COURAGE

TO LOOK ME IN THE FACE, YOUNG MAN.

GOOD. I AIN'T RAISING NO FOOL.

YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY?

HOW COME...

HOW COME YOUR JOBS DON'T LAST?

'CAUSE...

SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENS WITH WHATEVER

LOSER BABYSITTER I CAN AFFORD AND...

I END UP MISSING WORK

AND LOSING MY JOB.

RIGHT?

BUT YOU'RE BIG NOW, BABY.

YOU'RE GONNA HELP ME THIS TIME.

RIGHT?

YOU AND MR. BEAR DON'T OPEN THIS DOOR TO NO ONE.

HEAR ME?

BO.

LOVE YOU, BABY.

[DOOR CLOSES]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[INDISTINCT]

MIRA, MUCHACHA. MIRAME.

SHH. SHH. SHH.

YOU'RE OK. YOU'RE OK.

YOU'RE OK. MIRAME. MIRAME.

PLEASE. YES, THERE YOU GO. YOU'RE OK.

BREATHE. BREATHE.

YOU'RE OK.

SÍ? YOU'RE OK. CÁLMATE.

VETE. GO.

[BELL JINGLES]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[CAR PASSES]

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[SNORING]

[LOUD WHIRRING]

[GASPS]

WOMAN: I WAS BODY SNATCHED.

KIND OF.

BY MY PARENTS.

MY VERY CUBAN PARENTS.

MY VERY DEAD CUBAN PARENTS.

WHO APPARENTLY ARE NOT QUITE SO DEAD.

SEE, IT ALL STARTED BACK IN MARCH, THE 13TH,

FRIDAY THE 13TH,

WHEN EVERYTHING GROUND TO A HALT HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.

THE TRAIN I TOOK TO GET HOME THAT NIGHT

WOULD BE THE LAST TRAIN I TOOK FOR 4 MONTHS.

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEN.

I JUST KNEW I'D STARTED TO FEEL THIS DEEP FOREBODING

I'D NEVER FELT BEFORE.

MAN: THE FOCUS FOR NEW YORK

AND EVERY STATE IN THIS COUNTRY

IS ABOUT REDUCING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS,

WAY TO REDUCE THE SPREAD ON APPROACH,

REDUCE THE DENSITY.

[DISTANT SIREN]

WOMAN: THAT NIGHT, I BARELY SLEEP.

I'M RESTLESS, IN A FOG.

BUT WHEN I WAKE UP...

[WOMAN 2 SPEAKING SPANISH]

MAMI?

[MAMI SPEAKING SPANISH]

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

[SPEAKS SPANISH] WHAT?

[SPEAKING SPANISH]

TRANSLATE, PLEASE.

A VIRUS? WHAT DO YOU MEAN, A VIRUS?

IN THIS HOUSE? NO. NO, NO, NO, NO, Y NO.

[SPEAKING SPANISH]

THIS WILL BE CLEARED UP WITH BLEACH.

[SPEAKING SPANISH]

BECAUSE BLEACH KILLS EVERYTHING.

OK.

OK.

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: AND BLEACH, CLORO,

IS WHAT ALL THE EXPERTS WERE SAYING

WAS ONE OF THE STRONGEST DISINFECTANT OPTIONS OUT THERE.

BUT US CUBANS, WE KNEW THAT. WE LIVE BY THAT.

AND WE HAVE NEVER BEEN IDIOTS ENOUGH

TO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU DRINK IT, IT WON'T KILL YOU

LIKE A SUPPOSED COMMANDER IN CHIEF SAID TO THE PRESS.

WE KNOW WHAT'S WHAT.

THERE WAS AN INVISIBLE ENEMY. THIS WAS A WAR.

AND LITTLE SCAREDY ME FROM THE DAY BEFORE

HAD BEEN PUSHED ASIDE BY THE REAL COMMANDER IN CHIEF--

THE CASTRO-FIGHTING CUBAN BATTLE AXE

MARIA MAGDALENA RODRIGUEZ BOFILL DIAZ-PARILLA.

MAMI, CLAIM THE BATTLE STATIONS.

I WAS UNSTOPPABLE.

MAMI WAS UNSTOPPABLE.

WHOA!

IN ALL HONESTY,

MAMI WASN'T DOMESTIC.

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: MAMI WAS AN EDUCATOR, A BORN TEACHER

WHO ALWAYS WORKED 3 JOBS IN CUBA AND IN THE U.S.

A CAREER WOMAN.

SHE COULD COOK LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS.

BUT CLEANING? NO, NO, NO.

BACK IN CUBA, SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT.

HERE, GETTING HELP WASN'T AN OPTION.

BUT THAT DIDN'T MEAN HER STANDARDS CHANGED.

IT JUST MADE HER MORE DETERMINED.

SHE'D LOST ONE COUNTRY, HER BELOVED CUBA.

AND WHATEVER HOUSE WE LIVED IN,

WELL, THAT WAS HER NEW COUNTRY,

WHERE SHE WAS CASTRO, FULL-ON DICTATOR,

RULING HER CLEANING CREW, ME AND MY TWO OLDER SISTERS,

TO MAKE SURE HER COUNTRY LOOKED THE WAY SHE DEMANDED--

SPICK AND SPAN.

[SNIFFS]

[SINGING IN SPANISH]

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: MAMI CAME TO TEACH ME HOW TO GET RID OF

ALL THAT IS NOT SERVING YOU

AND POSSIBLY EVEN KILLING YOU.

MAN: WE HAVE ABOUT 5,000, 6,000 VENTILATORS.

WE NEED ABOUT 30,000 VENTILATORS.

WOMAN: IF ALL OF OUR MAJOR CITIES MODELED LIKE NEW YORK,

THAT'S WHAT GETS US INTO TROUBLE.

[SIRENS]

MAN 2: THE DEATHS ALWAYS LAG

BEHIND THAT EARLY INDICATION

THAT THERE ARE LESS NEW CASES.

MAN: THE INCREASE ON THE TRAJECTORY OF CASES CONTINUES TO CLIMB.

[PIANO PLAYING]

[CLICK, CLICK]

[CLICK, CLICK]

[CLICK, CLICK]

[CLICK]

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: AND THEN, ONCE THE BLEACH FUMES DIED DOWN

AND I COULD BREATHE AGAIN,

LITERALLY...

PAPI?

PAPI: NIÑA LINDA.

HA HA HA!

WOMAN, VICE-OVER: PAPI MOVED IN. MY DAD.

PAPI CAME FROM EL CAMPO, THE COUNTRYSIDE.

THE YOUNGEST OF 11 WHO GREW UP ON LA FINCA, THEIR FARM.

HE WENT FROM BEING A GUAJIRO, A COUNTRY BOY,

TO BEING A LAWYER WHO LOVED THE LAW

BUT NEVER STOPPED LOVING NATURE.

WHEN MY DAD LOOKED AT ME,

HIS EYES LIT UP AND MY HEART DANCED.

AND, YEAH, PAPI LEFT A BIG PART OF HIS HEART IN CUBA,

BUT IT WAS SO BIG, THERE WAS STILL PLENTY LEFT TO GO AROUND.

HE WAS THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST.

IN THE U.S., PAPI WORKED IN A CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

HE WORKED IN A SHOE FACTORY.

HE BECAME A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER.

AND AT THE AGE OF 63,

HE RECEIVED HIS U.S. LAW DEGREE.

AND WHATEVER HE WAS DOING OR WHEREVER WE LIVED,

HE FOUND TIME TO MAKE A GARDEN.

FOR HIM, GROWING THINGS, GIVING AND TAKING CARE OF LIFE WAS LIFE.

AND WHEN I SUDDENLY FELT THAT INTENSE NEED TO GROW THINGS,

MANY THINGS, THAT WAS HIM.

I WENT ONLINE TO LOOK FOR SEEDS.

SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE. WHAT?

THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO.

SO I MADE PICADILLO.

BUT OF COURSE, THAT WASN'T ME.

IT WAS MAMI AND PAPI, WHO ALWAYS ATE PICADILLO.

ANYWAY, I WAS CUTTING OPEN A BELL PEPPER

AND WAS ABOUT TO THROW AWAY THE SEEDS

WHEN I HEAR PAPI'S VOICE IN MY HEAD.

[PAPI SPEAKING SPANISH]

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: AND HE WAS RIGHT.

IN MY HAND WERE SEEDS.

REAL PLANTABLE POTENTIAL.

IT WAS TIME TO BECOME LA GUAJIRO,

AND GO TO EL CAMPO

IN MY NEW YORK APARTMENT.

[PAPI SPEAKING SPANISH]

[CROW CAWS]

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T USED TO BE THIS WAY.

SOMEONE WHO CLEANS TO WITHIN AN INCH OF HER LIFE,

SOMEONE WHO GOES MAD WITH PLANTING ANYTHING

THAT HAS ROOT POTENTIAL.

MY PARENTS CAME FROM THE BEYOND

TO HELP ME GET MY PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

SO I COULD DEAL WITH THIS THING, THIS PANDEMIC,

THIS NIGHTMARE SCI-FI MOVIE FROM A BEYOND

FURTHER THAN ANY BEYOND I COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED.

MAN: TODAY IS DAY 96 DEALING WITH THE HISTORIC COVID-19 CRISIS.

[SIREN]

MAN: THE AFTERMATH OF THE MURDER OF MR. FLOYD.

WOMAN: ...U.S. ADMINISTRATION ISSUED NEW REGULATIONS

THAT WOULD EFFECTIVELY END THE ASYLUM SYSTEM.

[CHILDREN SCREAMING]

[CROWD CHANTING]

MAN 2: THE PARENTS OF HUNDRED OF MINOR CHILDREN

CANNOT BE FOUND AFTER THEY WERE SEPARATED AT THE BORDER.

[CHILDREN CRYING]

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: THEY HELPED ME PREPARE FOR THIS NEW ALIEN WORLD

WHERE TO SURVIVE I NEED TO BELIEVE,

TO KNOW THAT I HAVE THE POWER, THE SKILL,

THE LOVE, AND ENOUGH CLORO,

TO CLEAN OUT THE OLD WAYS OF THINKING

AND PLANT THE SEEDS OF THE NEW REALITY I WANT TO GROW.

THAT WE WANT TO GROW TOGETHER.

ALL OF US.

WE HAVE TO BELIEVE LIKE MY PARENTS DID

WHEN THEY LEFT EVERYTHING THEY'D EVER KNOWN

TO COME HERE WITH NOTHING.

HOLA, PEDRO.

HOLA, MARY, WHAT'S UP?

WOMAN, VOICE-OVER: DO THE CLEAN, PLANT THE SEED,

BELIEVE.

DO THE CLEAN, PLANT THE SEED,

BELIEVE.

DO THE CLEAN, PLANT THE SEED,

AND BELIEVE.

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

♪ CHESTNUTS ROASTING

♪ ON AN OPEN FIRE

♪ JACK FROST NIPPING [CELL PHONE BUZZES]

HELLO? HEY.

WHAT? NO.

NO, NO, I MEAN, HE HASN'T-- HE HASN'T PROPOSED YET.

I DON'T THINK HE WOULD DO THAT TODAY.

WELL, NOT ON NOCHEBUENA.

I DON'T KNOW, PROBABLY AT HIS PARENTS' BEACH APARTMENT

WITH MANÁ PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND.

YOU KNOW JAVI. ALL ON PAPI'S CREDIT CARD.

I'M KIDDING! OK, CHILL.

NO. NO, I MEAN, IT'LL BE FUN.

YEAH, YEAH.

PLANNING A PARTY AND BUYING A DRESS.

YOU AS MY BRIDESMAID.

OK, CAN I GET BACK TO MY PARTY NOW, BITCH?

BYE.

[EXHALES]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

BERTO, PARA DE TOMAR.

DESI, AMOR, WE'RE PRE-GAMING.

PRE-GAMING? PRE-GAMING MEANS PRE-GAMING.

NO, NO, NO. NO MORE BEER. NO MORE BEER.

...THESE LAXATIVES.

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING?

KIDS' TABLE STUFF. DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

MAN: BUT, I MEAN, LIKE LOOK, LOOK, FINE,

LET'S JUST CONSIDER THE CONCEPT OF THE WALL,

OK, FOR LIKE ONE SECOND.

MIRA, LOOK. LOOK.

IF ISIS WAS OUR NEIGHBOR,

WOULD YOU NOT THINK IT'S WRONG TO BUILD A WALL AROUND ISIS?

GOOD POINT, JAVI.

JAVI: THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT, MAN.

MAY I HAVE THE BEANS, PLEASE?

YEAH, OF COURSE.

WOMAN: ARE YOU SERIOUSLY COMPARING MEXICANS TO ISIS?

I WALKED IN ON THE WRONG CONVERSATION.

NO, YOU DIDN'T. AND LOOK, I GOT IT, OK?

LOOK, YES, I'M COMPARING ISIS TO THE MS13 CARTEL GROUP.

OK, THEY'RE ALL HEAD-DECAPITATING [BLEEP] UPON HUMANITY, SO.

BERTO: THEY'RE FILTH! [BLEEP] PASS THE [SPEAKS SPANISH]

GRACIAS!

LOOK, IT'S NOT A RACIST THING,

AND IT'S NOT AN ANTI-MEXICO THING, OK?

LIKE, TRUMP, HE'S LOOKING OUT FOR OUR BASIC NATIONAL SECURITY.

HE IS TRYING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

YEAH, MAGA, BABY. MAGA, BABY.

WE'RE GONNA BUILD A GREAT, GREAT WALL.

THEY'RE BRINGING DRUGS, THEY'RE BRINGING CRIME.

THEY'RE RAPISTS. AND SOME, I ADMIT, ARE GOOD PEOPLE.

CHOIR: ♪ FOR THE KING, PA RUM PUM PUM PUM ♪

ACTUALLY, SECURITY EXPERTS ARE UNANIMOUS,

WALLS ARE INEFFECTIVE,

THEY'RE A WASTE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS.

CRIMINALS CAN ALWAYS FIND A WAY AROUND THEM.

AND IF HISTORY HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING,

IT'S THAT IMMIGRANTS PURSUING FREEDOM CAN'T BE STOPPED.

[SIGHS]

CÁLLATE, BILL.

TU CÁLLATE, MAMI.

HE'S PART OF THIS FAMILY.

[ALL TALKING AT ONCE]

I'M SORRY, BILL, BUT AGREE TO DISAGREE.

CHOIR: ♪ I AM A POOR BOY, TOO

PAPI, I HAVE A QUESTION.

YOU USED TO PROTEST OUTSIDE OF ELIAN GONZALEZ'S HOUSE.

ELIAN NO SE VA.

SO WHY THE SUDDEN CHANGE IN OPINION

TOWARDS IMMIGRANTS ALL THE SUDDEN?

BERTO: THIS IS DIFFERENT.

WHY, BECAUSE MIAMI-- MIAMI CUBANS ARE ENTITLED

AND SCARED THE IMMIGRANTS ARE GONNA TAKE THEIR BAKERIES.

BASICALLY. THEY'RE GOING TO REPLACE ROPA VIEJA

WITH HUEVOS RANCHEROS.

AND BOOM, DOOM'S DAY.

DESI: NUMBER ONE, HUEVOS RANCHEROS ARE DELICIOUS.

AND NUMBER TWO, DON'T GENERALIZE.

[LAUGHTER]

[BLEEP]

OH, MY GOSH. [BLEEP]

MARTA!

WE NEED A CLEANUP ON AISLE JAVI.

YOU'RE A BIG BOY. YOU CAN CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.

OH, YEAH, I MADE A MESS. I NEED SOME HELP, BRO.

WELL, CLEAN UP FOR YOURSELF.

IT'S FINE. IT'S HER JOB. SHE LIKES IT.

NO, MARTA.

[BOTH SPEAKING SPANISH]

GRACIAS, MARTA. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

LOOK, SHE'S-- Y TAMBIÉN.

GRACIAS, MARTA.

OY, PAPI, YOU DON'T HAVE A BEER.

IT'S CHRISTMAS. WHAT IS THIS?

I GOT YOU A LITTLE CERVIZITA.

DESI: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I JUST TOOK HIS AWAY.

AY, DESI. THAT'S SUPER SWEET.

OH, GRACIAS, DANO.

[ALL TALKING AT ONCE]

IT'S CHRISTMAS!

[CHATTER FADES]

[CHOIR SINGING "LITTLE DRUMMER BOY" DROWNING OUT CHATTER]

CELL PHONE: ♪ SWEATIN' IT OUT, SWEATIN' IT OUT... ♪

OOH. SOMEONE'S CALLING ME. GOT TO TAKE THIS.

ABUELA: GABRIEL. YEAH?

WHY DO YOU LISTEN TO THAT MÚSICA DE NEGRO?

IT'S JUST MY PHONE. SOMEONE'S CALLING. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

DESI: GABRIEL, WE'RE AT THE TABLE.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WE'RE HAVING DINNER.

IT'S IMPORTANT. HEY, WHERE'S MY JUUL?

ABUELA, DON'T SAY "MÚSICA DE NEGRO."

IT'S EQUIVALENT OF SAYING "NEGRO MUSIC."

[CARIBBEAN MUSIC PLAYING]

[CHILD SINGING IN SPANISH]

PLEASE, JENNY, DON'T BE SO P.C. JENNY: OH, WHY?

FOR GENERATIONS, CUBANS HAVE BEEN SAYING "NEGRO."

IT IS A TERM OF ENDEARMENT.

THE BLACK MEN IN MY WAREHOUSE WHERE I WORK,

THEY CALL ME NEGRO.

I CALL THEM NEGRO.

[SPEAKS SPANISH] IT IS NOT INSULTING.

IT IS ENDEARING.

WHEN I WAS IN CUBA LAST YEAR, ALL OF THE AFRO-CUBANS,

THEY CALLED EACH OTHER NEGRO.

CAN WE STOP SAYING "NEGRO"? I'M JUST SAYING,

MI AMOR, IT'S NOT LIKE A RACISM THING,

IT'S LIKE A TERM OF ENDEARMENT, OK?

ACTUALLY, JAVI, I'M NOT SO SURE ABOUT THAT.

AT USC, THERE WAS A STUDY, TWO GROUPS OF PLANTS,

ONE WAS NURTURED, THE OTHER WAS YELLED AT, CALLED NASTY NAMES,

INCLUDING THE N-WORD,

AND THAT GROUP WITHERED AND DIED.

I THINK THAT FOR AFRO-CUBANS, IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING.

NO ONE WANTS TO BE LABELED.

AND, YOU KNOW, TO THEM,

WE'RE THE ONES WHO LOOK DIFFERENT.

AHH.

JENNY: THANK YOU, BILL. UH-HUH.

ABUELA: ENOUGH.

JAVI: WE ARE LITERALLY FROM CUBA.

YOU'LL BE PROUD OF ME.

THE GIRL THAT I MET ON TINDER,

THE NEGRITA, WE'RE GETTING MARRIED.

ESO, NO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

WHEN DID YOU GO TO CUBA?

LAST SUMMER.

I WENT TO VISIT MY PRIMOS, REMEMBER?

YOU NEVER TOLD ME THAT. YEAH, I DID.

I POSTED IT AS A STORY ON INSTAGRAM AND EVERYTHING.

I DON'T LIKE THAT.

PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL TO CUBA, SUPPORT THE COMMUNITA.

DO YOU WANT A COMMUNITA? NO.

OK, ALL THE MONEY YOU SPENT, GOES TO A PALACIO

FOR LA REVOLUCIÓN WHILE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY STARVES.

JAVI: OK, THAT'S TRUE.

AND THAT'S WHY WENT I WENT, I STAYED WITH MY PRIMOS

AND I ATE THEIR COMIDA.

AH, WELL, THAT'S OK.

YEAH, THAT'S OK.

YEAH, BUT I HAVE SOMETHING TO CONFESS.

I BOUGHT A BOTTLE OF HAVANA CLUB.

I'M SORRY, I COULDN'T RESIST THAT COMMUNIST RUM.

IT'S LIT. MY BOYFRIEND'S A LIAR.

I DID NOT LIE.

NO, YOU JUST FORGOT TO TELL ME THAT YOU WENT

TO A PLACE THAT'S SUPER CONTROVERSIAL FOR MY FAMILY.

DROP IT.

DID YOU JUST TELL ME TO DROP IT? YEAH. DROP IT.

DON'T TELL MY COUSIN TO DROP IT.

YEAH, WHATEVER, IT'S FINE. IT'S BEEN DROPPED.

THANK YOU. NO, YOU DON'T NEED

TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT LIKE A GOOD LITTLE CUBAN GIRL

WHILE HER MAN OVER HERE OVERPOWERS THE CONVERSATION.

WOMAN: ♪ CHILDREN LAUGHING, PEOPLE PASSING... ♪

DESI: HAVE SOME RESPECT, JENNY. YOU'RE CUBAN, TOO,

AND WE DON'T ALL BOW DOWN TO OUR HUSBANDS.

IT'S TRUE. SHE IS THE CHI-E-O,

OK, OF THIS FAMILY. [LAUGHS]

♪ LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW ♪

MIRA, JENNY, LET'S JUST GIVE IT UP, OK,

'CAUSE WE'RE ALL TIRED OF THE DISCOURSE

ON GENDER ROLES. IT'S GETTING OLD.

WHY? WHY? DOES IT MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE

WHEN A WOMAN CHALLENGES YOUR OUTDATED MACHISTA VIEWS?

ACTUALLY, I DON'T THINK THE DIVISIVE LANGUAGE

REALLY EVEN HELPS THE FEMINIST CAUSE.

I MEAN, IT'S SEPARATING US.

WE'RE ALL PART OF THE SAME SPECIES.

WE'RE ALL PART OF THE SAME-- [ALL GROANING]

DESI: GOSH, STOP TALKING.

[ALL TALKING AT ONCE]

GABRIEL: WAIT. WAIT. GUYS, GUYS, GUY, GUYS, GUYS.

JENNY'S A LESBIAN. DOESN'T THAT MAKE HER A FEMINIST?

GABRIEL! WHAT? OH, THEY DON'T KNOW.

OH, I'M SORRY. DESI: JENNY.

I JUST--I THOUGHT 'CAUSE--

I THOUGHT EVERYBODY KNEW ALREADY.

YOU KNOW.

JENNY, IS THIS TRUE?

[SIGHS] I...DIDN'T WANT TO DO THIS TONIGHT,

BUT I GUESS...

I GUESS I AM. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME.

YOU'RE FREE. IT'S OK.

THANKS, DAD.

JENNY, NO [SPEAKS SPANISH]

ABUELA.

AY, MAMI, LEAVE HER ALONE.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION?

IT'S OK. GABRIEL: IT'S TRUE.

BEING GAY IS SUPER WOKE. RIGHT, KIDS' TABLE?

YEAH, BRO, SUPER WOKE.

FIRST SHE MOVES IN WITH JAVI BEFORE MARRIAGE, AND NOW THIS?

[ALL TALKING AT ONCE]

[CLINKING]

GABRIEL: IT'S TOO LATE NOW. TOO LATE NOW.

HEY, SORRY. SO SORRY.

I AM--BILL, LOOK, I HATE TO INTERRUPT THIS VERY IMPORTANT

MILESTONE IN YOUR DAUGHTER'S COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET.

YEAH, YEAH, BY ALL MEANS. THE FLOOR IS YOURS, JAVI.

BECAUSE I'VE BEEN PLANNING TO DO THIS ALL NIGHT,

AND NOW BEFORE NOCHEBUENA GETS ANY WEIRDER,

I'M GONNA HAVE TO ACT FAST.

CLARA.

MY ROCK.

MY AMOR.

MY SMUCKER'S PB&J UNCRUSTABLES SNACK.

EW. JENNY: EW.

JOSÉ MARTÍ, HE SAID THAT MEN ARE LIKE THE STARS,

THAT SOME MEN, THEY GIVE OFF THEIR OWN LIGHT,

BUT OTHERS...

THEY REFLECT THE BRILLIANCE THAT THEY RECEIVE.

AND YOU, MI AMOR, YOU ARE THAT LIGHT.

AND I REFLECT YOUR BRILLIANCE.

[CHAIR SCRAPES FLOOR]

CLARA ROSARIA DE LA FUENTE...

WILL YOU BE MY BRIDE,

MY MIAMI MAMI?

[MUSIC PLAYING IN BACKGROUND] ♪ SILVER BELLS

SORRY. UM...

[MOUTHS WORDS]

UM, [CHUCKLES] UM...

JENNY: COME ON, SPEAK YOUR SOUL, CLARA, COME ON.

SPEAK MY SOUL?

YOU WANT ME TO SPEAK MY SOUL?

OK, ALL RIGHT. WELL, JENNY,

I'M ALL ABOUT THE UBER FEMINISM THING,

BUT WHEN YOU WORK IT INTO EVERY SINGLE CONVERSATION,

IT COMES OFF AS OFF-PUTTING AND INSINCERE.

ABUELA, YOU HAVE JESUS AROUND YOUR NECK.

AND HIS MESSAGE WAS BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE. LOVE EVERYONE.

AND THAT INCLUDES NEGROS, AND IT INCLUDES JUDÍOS,

AND IT INCLUDES, YES, EVEN GAY PEOPLE, LIKE YOUR OWN GRANDDAUGHTER,

WHO NEEDS YOU RIGHT NOW MORE THAN ANYTHING.

PAPI, YOU HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM.

AND EVERYBODY WORRIES THAT YOU'RE GONNA DIE LIKE TIO DARIO.

GABRIEL, STOP VAPING. IT GIVES YOU RAGE.

BILL, YOU'RE JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON WITH A WONDERFUL MIND.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

WE'VE LITERALLY SPENT THIS ENTIRE NIGHT ARGUING

AND YELLING OVER EACH OTHER, AND NOBODY LISTENS.

MAYBE IF WE JUST TOOK A SECOND TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER,

THIS WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE.

AND SPEAKING OF LISTENING, JAVI,

HAVE YOU EVER LISTENED IN YOUR LIFE? YEAH.

MARRY YOU? WHAT?

HOW CAN I MARRY SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T EVEN LISTEN TO ME?

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN LISTENING TO ME ALL NIGHT.

YOU DON'T LISTEN TO ME AT ALL. YOU DON'T EVEN ASK.

OK, I THINK-- YOU'RE TOO OBSESSED WITH--

I'M TALKING NOW. I HAVE THE FLOOR.

YOU'VE HAD THE FLOOR ALL NIGHT. OK, FINE.

LISTEN.

YOU'RE TOO OBSESSED WITH THE SOUND OF YOUR OWN VOICE

THAT NEVER HAS ANYTHING NICE OR PROFOUND TO SAY.

YOU JUST REPEAT EVERYTHING YOUR PARENTS HAVE EVER SPAT AT YOU.

YOU DON'T EVEN LOVE ME.

I DON'T LOVE YOU, BUT YOU DON'T LOVE ME.

YOU DON'T EVEN CARE.

YOU JUST WANT ME AS YOUR HOT MIAMI SIDEPIECE.

AND I MAY BE A SMOKESHOW,

BUT YOU'RE NOT ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN WHO I AM OR WHAT I REPRESENT

BECAUSE YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD SO FAR UP YOUR BLEACHED [BLEEP].

[FAMILY MEMBERS GASP] BERTO: OW.

AY, BERTO, IS IT THE FRIJOLES?

NO, THIS IS DIFFERENT. THE PAIN WAS SUDDEN.

IT'S HIS TIME. ABUELA: MI AMOR, QUE TE PASA?

HE'S GOING.

PAPI. PAPI, LISTEN TO ME.

I HATE THAT YOU DRINK, PAPI.

PAPI, LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU.

I HATE THAT YOU DRINK. SO YOU KNOW WHAT I DID?

I PUT SOME LAXATIVES IN YOUR BEER.

ABUELA: DANIEL! YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.

DANIEL, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO YOUR FATHER?

ITS GONNA MAKE ITS WAY THROUGH HIS BODY

AND EXPEL ITSELF AS A FIRE-ENGULFED EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA.

[SPEAKS SPANISH] MY OWN CHILD POISONED ME.

MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU'LL TAKE A MORE SOBERING PATH.

[ABUELA SPEAKING SPANISH]

IT'S COMING. DESI: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

[ALL SPEAKING SPANISH]

BERTO: AY, I CAN'T. I GOT TO GO.

DESI: YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.

I GOT TO GO. OH, MY GOD.

[VOICES FADE]

SINGER: ♪ IT'S BEEN SAID MANY TIMES, MANY WAYS ♪

♪ MERRY CHRISTMAS

♪ TO YOU

[NO AUDIO]

♪ AND SO I'M OFFERING THIS SIMPLE PHRASE ♪

♪ TO KIDS FROM ONE TO 92

♪ ALTHOUGH IT'S BEEN SAID

♪ MANY TIMES, MANY WAYS

♪ MERRY CHRISTMAS

♪ TO YOU

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

HE REALLY WAS A [BLEEP], WASN'T HE?

I NEVER LIKED HIM.

HE DID TOO MUCH CROSS-FIT. YOU COULDN'T TRUST HIM.

I LOVE YOU, [SPEAKS SPANISH]

OK, [SPEAKS SPANISH]

HUH?

CLARA: READY?

ALL: 1, 2, 3.

[ALL TALKING AT ONCE]

BE CAREFUL. AY, AY, AY.

CON EL TECHO.

[ALL TALKING AT ONCE]

[ALL CHEERING]

OHH!

[ALL CHEERING]

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