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July 29 - August 8, 2021 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided To Go For It

With Mariem Perez Riera
Plaza Docs
Saturday, August 7
Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall
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With age comes wisdom, and freedom, as 2013 PCFF guest Rita Moreno can attest, and does, in this captivating and candid documentary by Mariem Perez Riera, a native of Moreno’s Puerto Rican homeland. Riera deftly blends a lifetime of landmark achievements, including her Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award wins, but doesn’t shy from the West Side Story star’s Moreno’s battles with low self-esteem, racism, sexism, a torturous romance with Marlon Brando, an alleged rape, and a suicide attempt. It’s the bitter with the sweet for sure, but Moreno, now 89, clearly has come out on the winning side of it all, as her acolytes, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, and others testify.

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Starring: Rita Moreno, Morgan Freeman, Eva Longoria, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Rated: PG-13