Documentaty film "El Canto del Colibrí"
I want to dismantle the racist premise that Latino immigrant men are homophobic, transphobic, or machista by nature.
My film is an exploration of Latino immigrant men and how they navigate the many intersections that they experience during their life like: race, gender identity, sexuality, class, and spirituality. It is about their lives, their struggles; as most of them come from working class families from their country of origin and all they want are opportunities here in America. These men and their children engage in a meaningful and, at times, painful dialogue as they describe the challenging years they had as new immigrants, and some of them reaffirm the desire to let go of those “chains that keep me tied to the ground”. The people in my film show that, when there is intentional work/efforts in the relationship between a father and a child, Latino immigrant men are capable of being transformed and celebrate their queer children.
Marco is a filmmaker and an LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist who fights daily for the civil and human rights of LGBT people as a community educator for @HIVenasAbiertas, a member of the U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus, and a lead organizer with the coalition of Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform. He is also the senior advisor for Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, MAVEN and Somos Familia, and Corazón Abierto, organizations that work with queer youth and their families in the United States and Mexico.
In 2010, Marco directed his first short documentary Tres Gotas de Agua where three Latina immigrant mothers tell their personal stories about their children's coming out processes. His most recent work, El Canto del Colibrí 2015, (The Hummingbird’s Song) explores the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBT family members. This documentary addresses important issues such as family acceptance, culture, machismo, and immigration.
In November of 2015, Marco was selected by the White House for the prestigious Champions of Change award that recognizes LGBT artists who use media to illuminate the experiences of LGBT Americans and create opportunities for dialogue, inclusion, and understanding.
Everyone's coming-out is different, but Marco Castro-Bojorquez, the director and producer of the new documentary El Canto del Colibrí, knew from experience that the assumption that Latino immigrant men are homophobic was untrue. So he set out to use film to break that stereotype.
"Colibri" means hummingbird in Spanish. "Much like the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard in addressing LGBTQ issues," the opening lines of the documentary explain.