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Brincando El Charco
Portrait of a Puerto Rican
1994, 55 minutes, Color/BW, 16mm/DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99295
Refreshingly sophisticated in both form and content, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO contemplates the notion of “identity” through the experiences of a Puerto Rican woman living in the US. In a wonderful mix of fiction, archival footage, processed interviews and soap opera drama, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO tells the story of Claudia Marin, a middle-class, light-skinned Puerto Rican photographer/videographer who is attempting to construct a sense of community in the US. Confronting the simultaneity of both her privilege and her oppression, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO becomes a meditation on class, race and sexuality as shifting differences.

BRINCANDO EL CHARCO was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
  • San Juan Cinema Fest, Audience Award
  • Latin American Studies Association Conference, Merit Selection Award

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    “If you are not satisfied with the racist cartoon images of Puerto Ricans seen in most movies and television then you should most definitely see this film.”
    Rick Kearns
    El Hispano

    "Here's a marvel--a tender, funny, knowing tale of cultural dysphoria that spans genre with a gusto rarely seen on the big screen."
    Elizabeth Pincus
    Planet Out

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    Brincando El Charco is included in the following Special Collections.
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