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200 reasons to see 200 Cartas

Kryptonians weren’t the only Super Heroes to hit theaters recently, and while Iro, the Taino folkloric hero/alter-ego of Lin-Manuel Miranda’sIro latest role, fights for justice and love, you won’t see Usnavi in tights. 200 Cartas is a hilarious bi-lingual romantic comedy, written and directed by Bruno Irizarry, about Raul, a NuYoRican graphic novel artist who meets the woman of his dreams, Maria Sanchez on a fateful night out in NY. After being separated, Raul’s convinced he needs to be more like his alter-ego, heroic and impulsive, and sets off with his side-kick/bff, Juan de Mexico, played by Jaime Camil, on a whirlwind adventure a La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico in search of his star-crossed love. After all, how difficult could it be to find one woman named Maria Sanchez in PR? Right?

JCLMWell just as funny as that sounds, is how the movie is; at face value Mr. Irizarry has woven together an entertaining mosaic of stories, coupled with Lin-Manuel’s unique on-screen comedic timing and rapport with his other co-stars, Dayanara Torres, Monica Steuer, and Mayra Matos, with a cameo by the legendary Iris Chacon. Currently amidst its 2-week limited run, in New York at Times Square and Bay Plaza AMC theaters, we were amongst the few invited to a special round table interview with the cast followed by the red-carpet event at the United Palace Theater  in Washington Heights, as a part of their Campaign to return film to the iconic venue. As avid supporters of Latino-based films and initiatives, we recognize the importance of rallying behind such important content and causes. Too often people tend to ask for more representation of Latinos on film and TV, but don’t support the right films and shows when they have the chance to.

Not only does this film represent content of that caliber, it also presents a unique question and opportunity for the necessity of more Latino-based comic books and superhero characters. You can help make both happen by going to see the movie if you’re in New York, or by visiting the 200 Cartas Facebook  to see the latest updates on further releases – which according to Bruno, may even include a limited edition release of an official Iro comic book to come.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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