Sep 12, 2007

Brown is the New Green aptly investigates Latino experience

"I've long thought that someone should make a documentary on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the Latino experience in the United States," says San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. in a commentary about Brown Is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream (airing tonight on PBS). The film, says Navarrette, fulfills this wish. It unpacks Latino identity as it relates to "politics, business, entertainment, marketing and media," and also addresses the "contradictions and mixed messages that Latinos send everyone else." Navarrette quotes filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez: "'Latinos are such an enigma to America.'"