How “Coco” Brought New Light to the Borderland

There’s no doubt that the movie Coco, which released in theatres on November 22, 2017, was one of the biggest movies of the year.

Not only is Coco nominated for an Acadamy award, a BAFTA award, Satellite award, Empire aware, as well as winning a Golden Globe, the movie brought new light to the rich heritage that Mexico has to offer.

In today’s society where we see a divide amongst people, Coco shows that you don’t need to be like any other and just to be happy to have what you have.

According to Vogue online,

Miguel and his family, including his great-grandma Coco, aren’t learning English or fleeing for America. They have everything they need in their small town, and in each other.

Sure, Coco has definitely moved everyone with their sense of family and love, but the movie also has helped Mexico economically.

According to NPR, Claudia Rodríguez de Velásquez, a souvenier shopkeeper in Mexico, has been churning out 1,500 instruments a week.

Mexico wasn’t the only area to receive recognition for the film.  El Paso also represented in its own special way.  Two graduates from Riverside High School had their own input in the blockbuster movie.

Lombardo Boyar voiced a mariachi singer in the movie as well as Gustavo, a character who gives Hector, the main character, a hard time.

Octavio Solis was a consultant on the movie Coco and according to an interview with ABC7 (KVIA) used his upbringing in El Paso to bring authenticity to the film.

Whether it’s through colors, culture, food, or language. Coco has figured out a way to bring an entire nation together. It’s definitely a tear-jerker, but in a time when Mexico and the U.S are divided amongst the plans of a wall, many were able to really see Mexico in a different light.

If you haven’t seen the film it’s highly suggested.  Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 97 percent rating and the audience has rated it at 95 percent. It’s available in most stores now so keep an eye out for it.



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