Honest, Authentic, Redemptive. This movie is incredibly moving. It’s a story about the life of a young Latina girl, Majo (Gina Rodriguez) in LA whose love for her mother drives her into the hustle of the underground music industry. Eventually a major record producer picks her up and things twist and turn from there. What is most inspiring about the film are the family dynamics. It really portrays commitment to family, despite the lies, manipulation, and imperfection of the human condition. Majo is committed to seeing her mother’s life redeemed, despite the dissuasion of her immediate family members, and the latter discovery that she was duped into financially supporting her mother’s expensive drug habit. Gina Rodriguez’s performance is gritty, strong, and powerful. She truly is the driving force of the film. We found out in the interview that followed the film that the actress went through months of training to learn the craft of rap and spoken word. You would never guess she isn’t a natural. The musical score is also helps to drive the storyline. We were blessed to have gotten some insight from the directors who explained the musical journey of the film was specifically planned to mirror what could be an authentic journey of a Latina in the music world. Majo starts out with slam poetry, turns to underground Latin rap, gets picked up and her music becomes over produced, and finally levels off with a blending of them all in finding her own voice. However, I would venture to say that the music does more than just further the plot. The music follows the hero’s journey towards authenticity, as she overcomes her fear of speaking the truth and steps into her identity as a daughter, sister, and friend. It also assists in revealing her calling to be an unabashedly truthful musical artist. While I wouldn’t call this an explicitly theological film, there is definitely a theological conversation to be had in more depth.