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Black Panther Star Tenoch Huerta Honored At Los Cabos Film Festival

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The 11th annual Los Cabos Film Festival is underway this week and it has just been announced that Tenoch Huerta, who stars as Namor in the newly released Black Panther movie, will be honored in a special presentation while also receiving a lifetime achievement award.

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The festival, which takes place from November 9th-13th, showcases five days full of internationally acclaimed films, panels with industry professionals, highlights of Mexican indie films, and award presentations which will honor movies, producers, and actors who have contributed heavily to the film industry in Mexico. The event is headlined by Brendan Fraser’s “The Whale”, which went viral when the actor received a standing ovation during the films debut at the Venice Film Festival that brought him to tears on stage. 

Mexican Actor Tenoch Huerta will receive the Sin Fronteras Award during this year’s festival for a lifetime of achievement in the Mexican film industry. Huerta (age 41) was born outside of Mexico City in the notoriously dangerous Ecatepec de Morelos neighborhood. He is also of indigenous descent, with his grandparents being from the native Nahua and Purépecha groups. 

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The actor will be honored for his roles in Mexican media throughout his tenured career. According to the festival’s press release, “Tenoch is a key element in some of the most essential films of Mexican cinema in the last decade: El infierno, Días de gracia, Vuelven, and El más buscado —a film that we had the honor to premiere worldwide in 2013—; Güeros, which received Los Cabos Competition Award in 2014; and Semana Santa, winner of the Fox+ Mexico First Award in our 2015 edition.”

Along with his film accolades, Tenoch is being recognized for his participation in popular TV shows such as Mozart in the Jungle, Blue Demon, and the world renowned Narcos: Mexico.Tenoch’s latest film – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – is slated to become a runaway success with a projected $170-$180 Million opening weekend in the box office. 

The film has received ample praise in its short run in theaters receiving a certified fresh badge on Rotten Tomatoes and a whopping 95% audience score. Huerta acts as the leading antagonist of the film with his role of Namor, a water-dwelling superhuman with wings on his feet. The character has a troubled past related to colonization, and racist acts of aggression that Tenoch believes is an important parallel to issues that take place today in Mexico and beyond. 

The Los Cabos Film Festival is not just honoring Tenoch for his film history but also “his tireless efforts in favor of inclusion, diversity, and visibility of Latin American talent in the global film industry.” The actor has spearheaded multiple campaigns related to racism and marginalization with co-production of topic films such as Nómadas, Get the Gringo, and Camino. Tenoch also hosted a compelling TED talk in 2021 titled “Race Doesn’t Exist But Racism Does” in which he recalls the history of racism not based on ethnicity but rather the color of one’s skin. 

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When asked what his most recent role in Black Panther means towards his goal of Mexican history visibility and acceptance, Tenoch hopes the movie will cultivate pride in children of their Latin American Descent. “We were taught for many years, 500 years, to be ashamed of who we are, to be ashamed of our ancestors, our grandparents. So I think this kind of representation helps to show them that there isn’t anything wrong with them.”

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Want to learn more about the event? Check out The Cabo Sun’s story on the Film’s emotional opening film and See The Los Cabos Film Festival Website for the full lineup! If you are planning a trip to Los Cabos, check out the U.S. cities that will fly direct this winter!

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