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"The great thing about Latino moviemakers at UCLA is how we have evolved," Barboza explains. "In the early '90s, when I arrived as an undergraduate, our goal was primarily admissions — increase the amount of students in the department. Once that was fulfilled, we decided that it was time to showcase our work and bring the community over to UCLA. The Chicano/Latino Film & TV Association accomplished that with the many film festivals we've held almost every year. Now, we are thinking about creating an alumni association that will help with networking jobs after school, and perhaps create an archive of films from these great filmmakers who came before us. Latinos at UCLA want to feel connected to the past."

Barboza chaired the Chicano/Latino Film & TV Association in 2000. He feels that the identity of Latino moviemakers at UCLA has solidified and the need to rekindle the sociological films of the 1970s is no longer present. "Now it's all about personal storytelling," Barboza relates. "I'm amazed when I see movies about Los Angeles and there are no Mexican faces. I have an extended family of 150 from my community who work on all my films and rally behind every project. A film is not just about the director; there's a band of artists — actors, designers, writers, costumers — who are holding me accountable. After training at UCLA for the last 10 years, they tell me I have to continue to make films and tell people about my experiences."

As M.F.A. candidates like Barboza indicate, Latino moviemakers are as diverse as the stories they bring to the screen. Their work tends to share a deep humanism — a respect for people that often waltzes hand in hand with the magic of nature and dreams. Episodes from real life, handed down through the core of Latino culture — the family — take on the quality of a darkened movie theater and an audience hungry to be told a story.

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