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Dora and the Lost City of Gold film review

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Dora the Explorer is all grown up in this live-action film that offers a small breakthrough in diversity.

Dora’s explorer parents dream of her, now a high-schooler, making friends with children her own age in Los Angeles while they’re off on a quest to find the Lost City of Gold. But Dora soon learns that high school is an entirely different jungle of its own. And it’s not until a class trip to the museum goes wrong that she finds unlikely companions and strengthens the relationship with her cousin Diego as they attempt to rescue Dora’s now-missing parents.

Time for more diversity

This year we have seen the presence of female power and leadership rise throughout the world, and Dora the Explorer is no different. The live-action film creates a strong and diverse character that young girls everywhere can look up to. Dora is said to be of Mexican decent and speaks a mix of Spanish and English throughout the film. For children who grew up in the Latin community, there has not been many leads in films that show strong Hispanic characters – let alone female Hispanic characters.

People around the globe are starting to speak up about the lack of diversity in the film industry. They are protesting the stereotypical roles that Hispanics always land in films. Major celebrities such as Gina Rodriquez, America Ferrera, and Eva Longoria (who stars in the film as Dora’s mother) have spoken about the trials of and discrimination they have faced in the industry.

More than a character

Dora is more than just a fun adventurous character – she is a small breakthrough in the film industry and an example to all Hispanic children, especially girls that they can achieve of their dreams. She is also someone in the entertainment industry that they can look and even relate to. I for one, am ready for this change.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG) is out now in UK cinemas.