Directed by first time film-maker John James, Siempre, Luis paints a portrait of the pioneering activist Luis A. Miranda Jr. A decades-long fighter for Latino communities, a key player in the New York and national political arena, and a loving father of three – including the award-winning composer, lyricist and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The documentary centers on Luis A. Miranda Jr. who left Vega Alta, Puerto Rico for New York City in the 1970s when he was accepted into a clinical psychological doctoral program at New York University. A natural problem solver and indispensable bridge to multi-cultural communities, Miranda found success in the world of New York City politics and even consulted for a number of winning political campaigns.
The documentary will take a close look at his time as a special advisor for Hispanic Affairs in the 1980s to Mayor Edward I. Koch, and Director of the Mayor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs, before becoming the founding President of the Hispanic Federation where he became one of New York City’s leading voices for increased support to nonprofit Latino organizations.
Filmed over the course of a year, Luis’ devotion to family and country propels him forward despite recent health issues. Always searching for ways to assist communities in need, particularly when his beloved Puerto Rico is suffering, Luis moves to action following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, coordinating relief efforts and raising money and awareness while managing the complicated and ambitious tasks involved in bringing his son’s award-winning production of Hamilton to the island. With humor and heart, the film tells the story of an unstoppable changemaker and proud American.
Siempre, Luis features interviews and appearances by notable figures in politics and entertainment, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the late former NY Mayor Ed Koch, Senator Chuck Schumer, former NY State Assemblyman Roberto Ramirez, former NY Secretary of State Lorraine Cortez-Vazquez, U.S. Congresswoman Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, and many more.
Siempre, Luispremieres on HBO October 6th.