Review: Mariem Pérez Riera’s ‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’

On the heels of criticism for defending Lin-Manuel Miranda and In the Heights against accusations of erasure and colorism, legendary stage and screen talent Rita Moreno made an apology of her own just this week. In part, her statement read “celebration for some is lament for others.” That sentiment also readily applies as one of the guiding themes of filmmaker Mariem Pérez Riera’s Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. Following a world premiere as part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary makes a stop in theaters before a broadcast date in the 35th season of American Masters on PBS. Moreno, an indefatigable 89 years old, is a worthy subject for a full-length entertainment industry/performing artist biog
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