The documentary film explores the lesser known aspects of Rita Moreno’s life.

It has been announced that Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, a new documentary film about the life and career of the actress, will be released on digital download from the 6th December.

Over a career spanning more than 70 years, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and award-winning actor. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It explores the lesser-known struggles Moreno faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and sexual abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and her attempted suicide a year before she won an Oscar for her role as Anita in West Side Story (1961).

Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera, the documentary is filled with exclusive archive material and interviews with Latinx artists including Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Justina Machado and Executive Producer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Each interviewee reflect on their own experiences while celebrating the woman who was the first Latina to win an Academy Award and one of only a handful of performers to also win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. 

The film also aims to shine a light on the discrimination prevalent in the film studio system and demonstrates Moreno’s talent and resilience as she broke barriers and  paved the way for new generations of artists.

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It will be available to watch from the 6th December.


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