National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates the Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. These five countries all declared independence on September 15, 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.
Want to learn more about the differences between Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx? Check out this video.
There are many wonderful films that capture and celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture. Here is a list of ones we highly recommend:
Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)
Instructions Not Included
Blood In and Blood Out
Stand and Deliver
Real Women Have Curves
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)