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Tio Papi: Breaking stereotypes with a new film

Imagine walking through a park and watching a man being trailed by a gang of rug rats yelling, “Tio, Tio”, as they run behind him. According to Joey Dedio, a similar incident he witnessed was the inspiration for the new family-friendly comedy, “Tio Papi”.547621_452376328171369_148359460_n

Raymond “Ray Ray” Dominguez is living the bachelor’s life in NYC. Working, hanging with friends, and saving money to make his dreams come true. He wants out of the ‘hood. After an evening spent partying, a late night knock on the door wakes him up to a nightmare when he finds a social worker delivering his deceased sister’s children into his custody. Six grieving children, whom he loves but hasn’t really made time for, have just been dropped into his lap. Still sleepy, and in shock, he agrees to a temporary arrangement. That, of course, comes back to bite him on the butt later in the film.

1185691_516807508394917_952149905_nOn the same day that we all read about the great weekend box office numbers for “Instructions Not Included” and the growing importance of Latino movie goers, hundreds of people gathered to view the premiere of “Tio Papi”. Surrounded by his cast, the very talented Dedio, shared his joy at finally being able to share his film with a wider audience. With one of the most talented and entertaining cast of children, including Fatima Ptacek, the voice of Dora the Explorer, the film will put a smile on your face and bring a tear to your eye. You won’t find a drug dealer or a maid in this film, breaking some stereotypes right there. While the portrayal of some legal and child protective services procedures may strain credulity, the film is very entertaining and laugh out loud funny.

Remember how important opening weekends are, in the world of movie bucks, so make an appointment to come out and support Latino and independent productions.

About Eileen Rivera

Eileen was born in The Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up thinking the whole world was Latino. Moving to Rockland County in upstate New York taught her it wasn’t. One more move in 1976, brought her to Hudson County, New Jersey where she currently resides. She attended Rutgers-Newark where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Puerto Rican studies. Eileen credits her history professor, Dr. Olga Wagenheim, for the spark and impetus to search out her roots in a pre-computer era. The daughter of a minister, she credits her father for the activism, volunteerism and search for justice that have characterized her adult years.

The mother of two adult daughters, Eileen has worked in the Juvenile Justice system for twenty-eight years. She acts as a liaison between the Juvenile Detention Center and the Juvenile Court.

Writing was something she shared with family. Stories and songs for her children and Christmas tales for the extended family. She now shares her writing with a larger family, the Being Latino family.

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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