Hispanic Federation celebrates annual gala, NY premiere of Disney’s ‘Encanto’ film

The nation's premier Latino nonprofit, Hispanic Federation, celebrated its annual star-studded gala garnering notable names and capped the evening with the New York premiere of a milestone Disney movie, Encanto. 
"Encanto" is set in Latin America. Much of the conversation Wednesday night was about diversity and how fitting the benefit pays tribute to those inspiring Latino communities. 
“I love that this is a family of every shade all under the same roof. That is so true of so many of our Latino families. Mine included. It was so exciting to get to write about family because it’s the hardest thing to write about. The longest relationships in our lives and then when you multiply it by the specificities of an inter-generational Latino household living under one roof.. we got to bring our stories to the tables,” said Lin Manuel Miranda. 
The film is set in Columbia, and it tells the tale of one family that live hidden in a magical house in the mountains. 
The film features an all LatinX cast and also features all new songs by Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin Manuel Miranda. 
News 12 also spoke with one of the stars, who is from the Bronx, Rhenzy Feliz, who says many will see themselves when they watch the move. 
A lot of families, especially in Latin culture. They come in a lot of different shades. It’s not just the darker skin, lighter skin. It’s a range of colors.  I think the film does a beautiful job of showing that’s what a realistic family looks like,” said Feliz.