‘Harlistas’ Documentary Follows Latino Harley-Davidson Riders

The film follows nine Latino Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders who are part of a subculture of their own within a subculture.

By Jorge Rivas Sep 30, 2011

"Harlistas: An American Journey," a documentary from director Alfredo de Villa, follows a few Latino Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders who are part of a subculture within a subculture.

The director held casting calls in Chicago, Los Angeles, Laredo and Corpus Christi to find the nine Latino men the film follows. Each one of them has a compelling story on why they ride–almost all of them rode in honor of a family member.

The film’s synopsis:

Harlistas: An American Journey is an authentic look into Latino motorcycling culture in the United States told through four pivotal stories of real-life characters who proudly call themselves real-life Harlistas – Harley riders of Latino heritage.

In this first-of-a-kind documentary directed by Alfredo de Villa, Harlistas: An American Journey celebrates the bond between Harlistas and sheds light on their fascinating devotion to the open road, Latino culture, and the iconic American motorcycle brand.

The film was commissioned by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company but according to reviews the film could stand strong on it’s own and it’s been accepted in to several Latino Film Festivals.

"The film’s message is one that is far more universal than you might expect," Joseph Airdo of the Phoenix Movie Examiner wrote in his review. "The movie is nothing short of a celebration of life, exploring how shared values can not only strengthen familial bonds but how they can also heal a broken spirit."

The film is available for rent and sale on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube.