Boricua (2003)

Boricua
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 48mins.
Genres Drama, Urban
Keywords N/A
Status Wrapped
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Aimee Garcia Actor Lola 1 1000001
Eric Aviles Actor German 1 1000002
Ramses Jimenez Actor Willie 1 1000003
Frankie DaVila Actor Nandy 1 1000004
Christina De Leon Actor Tata 1 1000005
Victor Gonzales Actor n/a 1 1000006
Khanisha Foster Actor n/a 1 1000007
Marisol Torres Director n/a 2 2000001
Samantha Sanders Producer n/a 3 3000001
Richard Sweren Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Marisol Torres Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Christopher Rejano Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Paul Miglio Editor n/a 172 7000001
John Farbrother Editor n/a 172 7000002
David Adler Composer n/a 120836 8000001
David Adler Music n/a 120781 8000002
Manuel Pena Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Synopsis
Four intertwined stories of Puero Rican youths in Chicago's Humboldt Park illustrate their struggles with cultural identity, gentrification, and pride. The four leads--Lola, Willy, German and Tata--are caught up in conflicts which test their sense of self, and lead them each on a quest for affirmation. Lola is a smart, fiery young woman who attends an urban university in Chicago. The daughter of two college professors, she meets Willie, one of a trio of lovable neer-do-wells, who hang out in their corner bantering, scoping out the girls and selling a joint or two. Their sizzling romance is complicated as Willie's old world notions of love and sex clash with Lola's strong will to transcend them. German, who has landed a job at an aggresive real estate development company in downtown Chicago, is highly ambitious. Anxious to be accepted into this white-collared world, German's colleaugues encourage him to manipulate and lie to elderly home owners in his territory. At first reluctant to betray his own people, German's boss gives him an ultimatum--acquire the bodega owned by the family of Willie's friend--or get fired. Tata is a neighborhood bombshell who wears her Puerto Rican heritage on her sleeve. She is talked into competing against her rival, Luz, in the annual contest for Queen of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Winning the contest becomes an obsession for Tata. When doubts about her true ethnicity are raised, her eligibilty for the pageant, and more importantly, her racial identity, are both threatened. Tata must turn to Willie's third friend, Bum, for help and ultimately for self-validation. Their journeys all come to climactic resolutions on the day when Puerto Rican pride is at a pinnacle--the day of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.