Friday, August 13, 2010

La Soga Movie Premiere by Leticia Reyes

La Soga Movie Premiere

I was somewhat hesitant going into the premiere of the movie, La Soga, starring Manny Perez and Denise Quinones. The hype following the movie was incredible but I wasn't letting that sway my judgement as I arrived at the Regal Cinema on 14th Street in New York City. The Red Carpet was shining with top notch Latino acting talent including Manny and Denise, along with Paul Calderon and Juan Fernandez, who is well known and respected in the Dominican Republic. Each of the actors spoke about their excitement to not only premiere in New York but also to have a film that told a unique story. Nuestra historia. A story of the struggles, the injustices and the innocence lost that many experience not only en la republica dominicana but in so many other nations that echo its perils. I stood by as the turn out of support landed in the hundreds of movie goers. I was just as interested to see if, indeed, La Soga, would stand up to all the hype. I was lucky enough to grab a seat in the packed theater as the lights dimmed and cheers exploded as the opening credits danced on the screen. Vivid imagery and familiar rhythms flashed before my eyes as I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions ranging from laughter to sadness, and in some cases, pure terror. The story, told through the eyes of a young boy living in Santiago, took a brave stance against government corruption. It is very risky in its portrayal of the island and the violence that plagues it. Beware to those with weak stomachs and a strong love for animals, however the movie is sprinkled with comedic moments and is predicated on the purity of young love.

The end result was that La Soga exceeded my expectations. It succeeded in taking me on a journey that touched all of my senses and left me feeling sensitive to the experiences of my brothers and sisters who have lived a similar story. I would encourage my fellow latinos to do as I did and judge for yourself. After reading some of the critics remarks, it is evident to me that unless you are rooted in the culture, you just won't get it. La Soga opens in theaters on Friday, August 13th, 2010. Be bold like the movie and check it out! You can watch my red carpet coverage of La Soga at Special thanks to my En La Escena crew and urban lifestyle media for making us a part of history. I'm Leticia Reyes reporting for En La Escena! :o)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic review. I agree the English press is not getting it!