Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Year: 2020
Run Time: 90 minutes

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Rita Moreno, an EGOT-winner with 70 years in the entertainment industry, has become a revolutionary icon for women and the Latinx community. But she had to overcome rampant racism and sexism during her arduous rise to stardom. In her early career, Moreno was relegated to stereotypical roles of ethnic minorities. Even after making history as the first Latina actress to receive an Oscar® for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” (1961), the trend continued. Yet, she challenged typecasting and advocated for improved Latinx representation. Deeply intimate interviews with the star offer somber reflections on sexism and sexual abuse in Hollywood, recount a toxic seven-year relationship with Marlon Brando, and go behind the scenes of her most iconic performances. The captivating documentary is a candid portrait of Moreno’s legendary life and a career dedicated to fostering more authentic representation in storytelling and the creative arts. RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT also features celebrity interviews from Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Eva Longoria, Norman Lear, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more! — R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

Scheduled Screening

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 9:00 PM

Streams Access: OH Only
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Film is Art
Women of the World

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


Mariem Pérez Riera

Brent Miller, Mariem Pérez Riera

Pedro Juan López

Kevin Klauber, Mariem Pérez Riera

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Community Partners


LatinUS Theatre Co.

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