Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, Ismael Cruz Cordova
Why We're Watching
A predominantly Latino cast and crew, a female director, and Gina Rodriguez as lead in this action thriller all make Miss Bala an empowering film, but perhaps the most empowering thing about the titular character is that she starts this story as an ordinary woman who gets swept up in an all-too-real problem. In a vicious and violent world, where most would crumble, we don’t watch a highly-trained secret agent with all the tools and training to save the day. Instead, we witness Gloria’s rise, step by step, struggle by struggle, into the highest level of beast, known as "Miss Bala", in order to save herself. We can’t handle the heat in Miss Bala, but Gina Rodriguez sure can.