Picks and Pans Review: Rosie Perez Sounds Off

updated 06/19/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/19/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Rosie Perez, 41, directs a documentary about Puerto Rican heritage, Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!), airing June 12 on IFC.

HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?

I was watching the Puerto Rican Day Parade on TV and my ex called and said, "Why are your people so loud?" I said, "Because we're proud." I hung up on him, called my agent and said, "This is what I want to do."

ANY THOUGHTS ON THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE?

It's ironic—immigrant labor is what has maintained our status as a world power. I'm proud of Latin people who are taking to the streets.

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