The Goal of the Film
the cover of the book 
When I was Puerto Rican: The Film is a modern take on a novel set in the mid-20th century. When I was Puerto Rican is a non-fiction book, written by Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago.  The film adaptation takes tales and descriptions Santiago used in the book and translates them into a memorably vivid on-screen experience. The movie tells the story of a young Puerto Rican girl (Esmeralda Santiago, called Negi in the book) who lives a life plagued by poverty and continuous adversity and turmoil. The young girl could be any person of any nationality, race or ethnicity. This film strives to show how any person in the world could experience the same trials and adventures as Esmeralda Santiago. Screenwriters worked closely with Santiago, to compose a way to tell her story that would convey the contents of the novel most accurately to a wide audience. This movie appeals to a wide range of audiences, not just the Puerto Rican community. When I was Puerto Rican: The Film will demonstrate, in a relatable and interesting way, three key aspects of everyday life all around the world: the influence physical geography has on life, political history, and socio-economic class.