Se Menea is a movie in development aspiring to fight misrepresentation and underrepresentation of the Latino community in the film industry with its inspiring Latino characters, talented Latino artists and powerful storyline.
December 6, 2019: Latinos are not just drug lords or criminals. They are amazing dancers, valiant fighters who can risk their lives for their country and also inspiring individuals brave enough to rise up from the ashes like a phoenix. Unfortunately, the mainstream film industry has portrayed them in unfavorable light for far too long. But, an upcoming movie, Se Menea, is looking forward to redefine the stereotypical portrayal of Latinos in the film industry with its riveting tale of a Latino veteran who will instill the courage to stand against adversity despite glaring obstacles.
Se Menea portrays a heartwarming story of love, laughter, dancing and certainly courage and inspiration. Set in the background of a Latin dance studio, the movie features Bachata, Salsa, and Kizomba music and choreography.
The plot of the movie revolves round Latino, US Army veteran, Marcus who has lost his legs in Operation Enduring Freedom and is now back to his home in San Antonio. His time in the war has left him with prosthetic legs and Marcus. A valiant fighter, Marcus is now looking forward to learn to dance again with his prosthetic legs. He has another mission as well- to fall in love with the lovely woman (Amber) he left behind.
But as Marcus reaches his old dance studio Semeneya, he is shocked to learn that a certain Draven Corporation is plotting to demolish the studio and also a large portion of the city block to build a huge detention center.
Se Menea tells the motivating story of how a physically challenged veteran does not bow down before evil powers and banks on his indomitable spirit, charm and dance to motivate people to protest against injustice.
Eliud “Elliott” Lamboy is co-directing the movie with Jessica Costales. He is also the executive producer of the film along with Rick Cuellar, Samuel Ali, Lee Rios and Dianna Feliciano.
With majority of Latinos in cast and crew, Se Menea is poised to create a defining chapter in the mainstream film world where the Latino community is grossly underrated and underrepresented. As per studies, out of 100 top-grossing movies annually, only 3% feature Latino artists in a lead or a co-lead role. It’s the same with casting executives and producers as well.
“Latinos are extremely talented, warm and motivated individuals. Some of the best dancers and artists in the world are from the Latino community. But, despite such a massive talent pool, the Latino community is still untapped. It’s unfortunate that the mainstream film industry still follows reservations when it comes to casting and working with Latinos. Even the Latino characters in the movies are mostly limited to criminals which itself is a gross misrepresentation of the Latino community overall”, stated Lamboy.
“It’s about time that we herald a change to stop the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of Latinos in Hollywood. We are hopeful Se Menea will be about to bring that much awaited change with its highly talented Latino cast and crew, inspiring Latino characters and motivating storyline.”
Se Menea is scheduled for production for September and October 2020. The film will be released in November 2021.
For more, please visit http://filmmakersofsa.com/se-menea-the-bachata-movie/ and follow the hashtag #semeneamovie
Eliud “Elliott” Lamboy
San Antonio, Texas