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Directing Change: Cecilia Romo's Mission for Queer Latina Representation in Cinema
Episode 1385th June 2024 • ENCUENTRAS YOUR VOICE • Consuelo Crosby
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Tired of not feeling seen in movies and media? Feeling undervalued as a Latina with a complexity worthy of an Oscar?

Then today's episode is your dream come true as Encuentras Your Voice podcast host, Consuelo Crosby, engages in lively conversation with Cecilia Romo, Queer Latina award winning filmmaker and innate seeker of social justice for her comunidad.

Cecilia leaves no doubt of her cultural identity, "I'm from Sacramento but I'm Mexicana", and the love and honor she has for the generations of women who gave her the opportunities to thrive.

Delving into the challenges of representation, Cecilia vividly depicts her vibrant upbringing in a diverse immigrant family while shedding light on the obstacles faced by queer Latinas in Hollywood. It's all about authenticity and genuine stories that main stream media refuses to understand or honor.

From donating a kidney to her mother and Hollywood's killing of Lesbian characters to love of cafecito and self care ideals, Cecilia Romo represents the complexity of marginalized persons. Taking those experiences to the Big Screen brings life to her award winning movies, "Sueños de Mi Hija" and "Me Porta Bonita", celebrating the happy endings that can occur with Queer Latina creatives at the helm.

Come celebrate Cecilia's tenacity, heart, and unwavering commitment to sculpting an all-embracing film world!

Cecilia's Favorite Cafecito places: Camellia Coffee Roasters Instagram and The Mill on Instagram

Reach out to Cecilia on her personal Instagram and her production company, Algo Bueno Productions

All the catchy highlights of this mesmerizing conversation!

00:00 Introduction to the Podcast and Pride Month

00:44 Meet Cecilia Romo: A Queer Latina Filmmaker

04:11 Cecilia's Family Heritage and Immigration Story

06:51 Growing Up Latina and Discovering Filmmaking

09:30 Challenges and Triumphs in Filmmaking

11:14 Caring for Family and Pursuing Dreams

24:06 The Importance of Rest and Self-Care

27:09 Cecilia's Films and Future Projects

33:28 The Importance of Diverse Narratives

35:10 Upcoming Projects and Queer Representation

37:09 Challenges in the Filmmaking Industry

39:19 Cultural Representation in Media

42:23 The Power of Community and Technology

45:47 Cafecito and Cultural Traditions

49:46 Bilingual Storytelling in Films

56:19 Final Thoughts and Reflections

Consuelo is a First Gen Peruvian, structural engineer, mother and Scorpio fired Latina out to hold the mic and shine the light for Latinas defining today's cultura in their authenticity.

Connect with Consuelo on IG @Consuelo_Ends_in_O

Discover Encuentras Your Voice podcast on IG @EncuentrasYourVoice and join the comunidad of amazing Latinas!

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