Students answer questions as they view the Rosie Perez documentary, "Yo Soy Boricua, Pa' Que Tu Lo Sepas!" (in English, "I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!"). The film, about the political history between the United States and Puerto Rico is told through people's personal stories.
On vimeo: https://vimeo.com/145556599
About the film:
1 hour 27 minute run time
Ms. PEREZ: Well, I wanted to really show that we come from a very, very proud culture and Tainos were the indigenous people of Puerto Rico. And in Puerto Rico, they were considered the classic Tainos and then Tainos spread out throughout the Caribbean. And you had the Eastern Tainos and the Western Tainos, and then they mixed with the Arawak Indians.
And this history has not been explained to the masses and it just--it needs to be brought forth. And also, initially, the land it was called Borinquen and the inhabitants were Boricuas. And prior to the Boricuas, they were Tainos. And, you know, I've been very inspired by the African-American culture. And just how they were--like, our history needs to be told. This is who we were. So let's all stand up. And all others, you know, recognize and give us our respect. And that's really what I tried to do with this documentary.