Monica Castillo


Monica Castillo is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

Latest Stories

  • 4 months ago | Film and TV

    In the second season of the new One Day at a Time, it seems like everyone in the Cuban-American Alvarez family faces a crisis of their own that reminds them to hold onto each other

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    Watching first-time feature director Ben Chace's Sin Alas is like a stroll through the streets of Havana. You weave through crowds in a pedicab, hang out on street corners to hear the latest gossip and meander on the majestic Malecón, the historic...

  • Outsider filmmakers often bring to their work an outsider's curiosity. Irish director Paddy Breathnach captures a gorgeous portrait of Cuba with his drama Viva, but it fails to deeply connect with the culture it portrays. Here, the imagery...

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    The lure of everything Cuba is strong. It’s in the news, on top of everyone’s travel list and in our movie theaters. But the recent films about Cuba aren't exports from the still-embargoed country. Most come from visiting filmmakers. Irish directo...

  • Balancing tragedy with cultural context, Difret captures a society in flux. Dramatizing a real incident, the movie follows fourteen-year-old Hirut Assefa (Tizita Hagere), who on her way home from school one afternoon was kidnapped and...


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