Update: June 2012
My book, now called Becoming Latina: Trippin’ Through Ancestral DNA, Breaking Curse, and Making Peace with Dad, will be released in March 2013.
I, Latina?: My Year of Tripping Through My Ancestral DNA, Running the Fuku Down, and Making Peace With My Dad Along the Way
Raquel Cepeda’s I, LATINA?: My Year of Tripping Through my Ancestral DNA, Running The Fuku Down, and Making Peace with my Dad along the Way, a chronicle of her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry through the science of DNA testing, and looking at what it means to be Latina in a “post-racial” America, was sold to Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. October, 2010.
DECONSTRUCTING LATINA [working title]
Director/Producer: Raquel Cepeda; Producers: Sam Pollard, Henry Chalfant, Steve Zeitlin; DP: Cybel Martin
DECONSTRUCTING LATINA [working title] is a feature documentary exploring issues of Latino identity in America by focusing on a group of troubled teenage girls in a suicide prevention program who feel rejected by both black and white America, but are transformed through an exploration of their roots. In the course of the film they use ancestral DNA testing to discover their ancestry and learn more about themselves. By using the popular tool of ancestral DNA testing to explore issues of social justice, identity and race, the girls start to rethink their place in the world as they begin to take pride in their past.
Driven by severe identity issues linked to depression, culture and societal baggage, Latina teens have the highest suicide and suicide ideation rates in America. The statistics are disturbing: One in seven Latina teenagers will attempt suicide. Not only has this trend remained steady for more than a decade, but also the rate is higher than those of white or Black teenagers. New York City, where the film is primarily shot, is the epicenter of this problem. Latina teens generally attempt suicide at rates far greater than their non-Hispanic counterparts in New York City – more than twice the rate of white youth (14.7% versus 6.2%) and 44% more frequently than teenage African-American girls (14.7% versus 10.2%).
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Morocco Trip: Production Photos
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PHOTOS BY LISA LEONE