Oscar Nominee Brings Attention to Indigenous People in Mexico
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1004 , Segment 2
Episode: Blackface, Life on Other Planets, Chinese Storm Clouds
- Feb 11, 2019 11:00 pm
- 14:28 mins
Guest: Luis Urrieta, Susan B. and John L. Adams Professor of Education, University of Texas at Austin The star of the Netflix film Roma is the first indigenous woman in history to be nominated for an Oscar. She’s up for best actress. Yalitza Aparicio is her name. She plays a live-in maid to an upper class white family in Mexico City. Her Oscar nomination, as an indigenous woman whose own mother is a domestic worker, has focused attention on some of the racial, class and ethnic divisions. Aparacio has even been featured on the cover of Vogue Mexico, which is remarkable, says Luis Urrieta.