Mexican American Banda singer Jenni Rivera made her mark in the music industry before her tragic death at the age of 43 and now her life is the focus of an upcoming biopic. Mexican actress and filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero (Into the Dark: Culture Shock) is set to direct Jenni, a much-anticipated biopic about the singer’s career and life. Before Rivera tragically died in a plane crash in Mexico in 2012, she was one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists in history, known for her work in banda, mariachi, norteño, and Latin pop. During her life, she also established charities to assist victims of domestic abuse, especially women and children. She continues to be an important cultural figure for the our community, especially in Mexico thought she did gain national acclaim for her first and only acting gig in Filly Brown, released in 2013. For her story to now be told on the big screen and directed by a fellow Mexicana is a huge win for the community, for Guerrero, and for Rivera’s family.
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“Gigi’s unique vision and passion for Jenni’s story made her an easy choice to direct Jenni,” said the film’s producers Javier Chapa and Simon Wise of Mucho Mas Media, according to Variety. “As a Mexican filmmaker and artist on the rise, Gigi is, in many ways, picking up the mantle which Jenni left to us. We are excited she will be joining the team to bring the film to Jenni’s amazing fans.”
“It’s women like Jenni that inspire young Latinas to work hard and dream big…Dios me hizo mujerMi madre una damaLa gente me hizo cabrona.”