Why Stories Matter: Encanto

If you don’t know of this beautiful movie, it premiered today on Disney plus and it was so amazing my eyes are still damp.

The story centers on a magical Columbian family that flees from persecution and through a miracle, they are given a magical home, known as their Encanto.

The children also receive magical gifts, from being emotionally connected to the weather, healing others with their cooking (very Hispanic mother) and growing flowers, amongst others.

Something starts going awry with the magic, known as Gifts, and it’s up to Maribel to help her family.

Imagine being the only one without magic trying to figure out how to save the magic? But it’s so much more than that. Maribel, reminds me of myself and most awkward individuals can attest we want to make our families proud, even if we feel out of place with them.

What I loved about this movie is not only were there amazing actors representing but the music is to die for! I’ll be playing it all weekend! There was also the beauty of showing the variety that is within the Latinx community.

We’re not all fair and European-looking with Spanish accents. Sorry to burst that bubble.


But like any true Disney film there was family, magic and the scenery was to die for. They have really created something that touched my heart and I hope many others as well.

I don’t want to give spoilers, just yet but that will be coming as this movie needs a deep dive into what makes it so heart-warming because it’s deep for an animated musical. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed by all.

So if you’re celebrating, or just enjoying some R&R enjoy. From our family to yours stay safe and check out Encanto!

Happy Holidays!

Published by JSantana

Obsessed with Intentional Inclusivity and Fierce Belonging. Delivering Culture-Driven Leaders.

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