Actress Rosie Perez says she got so fed up with trying to explain her cultural background to people that she decided to make a documentary about it, according to Star Pulse:
Rosie Perez was compelled to make her directorial debut a documentary about her roots because she was sick of having to explain her Puerto Rican pride to others. Perez was born and raised in New York but was always taught to take pride in her Latino roots.
After realizing how tough American life can be for Puerto Rican ex-patriots she decided to make a movie about her parents’ homeland. And, while making “Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas! (I’m Boricua, Just So You Know!),” the actress recalled childhood memories where she was made to feel stupid – because of her background.
Rosie also sat down with Newsday to answer some questions about the film and her culture, politics and other topics related to Puerto Rico. She made it clear in the interview that the topic of Puerto Rican statehood wasn’t something she was willing to opine about — she’s leaving that up to people who actually live on the island:
The documentary mentions the last time Puerto Ricans voted on their status, whether [the commonwealth] should be less or more incorporated into the U.S. – what is your answer to that question?
My answer is that since I’m not an islander, I don’t really have a right to say which way it should go. It would be like me as a New Yorker deciding if Arnold Schwarzenegger should still be governor.
One of the answers was “None of the above” – what does that mean?
That’s not one of the answers, that’s the popular vote: none of the above. Basically what it’s saying is there isn’t a viable option, in their opinion, that has been presented yet.
They didn’t want it to change but they didn’t want it to stay the same, either?
No, they’re not saying that. That’s your interpretation.
OK, what does it mean?
And that’s part of the problem, and that’s part of the reason why I made this documentary. Everyone had their opinion, and it’s like, why don’t you go and ask the people? They’re making a clear statement. The items that have been brought to the table are not what they want. And I think that the United States should take that into serious consideration and start asking them exactly what they want.