Recently, the White House hosted a special screening of the Disney+ Original series, “American Born Chinese,” and it has been revealed that the recent Searchlight Pictures film, “Flamin’ Hot”, will also be getting a special screening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Flamin’ Hot” is the inspiring true story of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia), who, as a Frito-Lay janitor, disrupted the food industry by channelling his Mexican-American heritage to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from a snack into an iconic global pop culture phenomenon.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will be hosting the screening on the South Lawn of the White House. The cast and the crew of the film will be attending the special screening, along with members of the Latino community leaders.
The White House usually only does special screenings to showcase projects that have been tied to social issues such as diversity and equality.
The film’s director, Eva Longoria, told People about her pride in the movie getting a special screening at the White House.
“This opportunity not only amplifies the power of cinema but also highlights the importance of diverse and inclusive narratives. Sharing the story of Richard Montañez, a trailblazing Mexican-American, on such a prestigious platform sends a powerful message about the value of representation and the impact of Latinx stories in shaping our culture. It is my hope that Flamin’ Hot inspires future generations to embrace their culture, dream big, and break down barriers, just as Richard did. This moment reaffirms the transformative power of storytelling and the ability of film to bridge divides, foster understanding, and bring us closer together as a society.”
A White House spokesperson told People:
“We are excited to host a screening of the movie Flamin’ Hot, as we continue to lift up and celebrate the stories and immense contributions of Latinos in the United States. Since day one, the Biden-Harris Administration has worked hard to provide economic opportunities and advance equity for Latinos and communities of color,” the statement continues, “including supporting Latino small businesses, lowering Hispanic unemployment to near a record low, cutting Latino child poverty by half and making healthcare affordable.”
“Flamin’ Hot” is available to stream now on Hulu and Disney+.
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