Perez Turned Documentary Director Out Of Frustration
Latina actress Rosie Perez decided to become a documentary filmmaker "out of frustration" that the lives of Puerto Ricans in America were going undocumented.
The Do The Right Thing star is finally releasing her film Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! after years of trying to get the project off the ground.
She says, "(I made the documentary) really out of frustration. Not being able to get what I wanted made. I wanted to do a feature film on the sterilisation of Puerto Rican women. I couldn't get the financing.
"At the time it was the early '90s. I swear, with me, maybe three other actors out there, we were the ones saying it - Luis Guzman, John Leguizamo, Esai Morales - at the time they were saying, 'There's not a demographic for this movie, we'll lose money,' and 'Is it true?'"