Congressman calls for ‘Selena’ starring Jennifer Lopez to be added to National Film Registry

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News

A congressman from Texas hopes to strike a chord and get the musical biopic “Selena” into the National Film Registry.

Rep. Joaquin Castro wrote a letter nominating the 1997 movie, which stars Jennifer Lopez as the Tejano music icon Selena Quintanilla, to be added to the Library of Congress’ film registry.

“For over a century, movies have been central to how Americans understand each other and our country’s history,” Castro wrote in the letter dated Jan. 1.

“However, the film industry’s ongoing exclusion of Latinos unfortunately not only affects the Latinos seeking opportunities in the industry, but also affects how Latinos in everyday life are perceived, stereotyped, and too often misunderstood.”

Castro, the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, went on to write that the film directed by Gregory Nava “touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages.”

Selena, known for hits such as “Como La Flor” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” was 23 when she was shot and killed by the former president of her fan club in 1995.

A new show about the singer, “Selena: The Series,” premiered on Netflix last month.

The Library of Congress announced its 2020 inductees last month, with a record-setting number of projects from women and directors of color included in the latest lineup.