Washington Heights (2002)

Director
Alfredo De Villa

Main cast
Tomás Milián; Manny Pérez; Danny Hoch; Bobby Cannavale

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
"Washington Heights" tells the story of Carlos Ramirez, a young illustrator burning to escape the Latino neighborhood of the same name to make a splash in New York City's commercial downtown comic book scene. When his father, who owns a bodega in the Heights, is shot in a burglary attempt, Carlos is forced to put his dream on hold and run the store. In the process, he comes to understand that if he is to make it as a comic artist, he must engage with the community he comes from, take that experience back out into the world, and put it in his work.


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