Watch Luis Miranda Interviewed by Gilder Lehrman Student Advisory Council Members

On Wednesday, October 14, members of the Gilder Lehrman Student Advisory Council interviewed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda, about his life as depicted in the HBO film Siempre, Luis. See below for the meaningful, personal, and entertaining exchange of stories and ideas.

Directed by first-time filmmaker John James, Siempre, Luis had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Filmed over the course of a year, the project details Miranda’s devotion to his family and country—not letting anything, even a heart attack, slow him down. In the film, Miranda tells his son that since his health scare, his life has actually gotten busier. The heart of the film focuses on the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, with Miranda coordinating relief efforts on the island and raising money and awareness while also helping his son bring his Broadway masterpiece Hamilton to Puerto Rico. Lin-Manuel Miranda reflects: “His relentlessness to keep going, that’s what I keyed in on when I was playing Hamilton. I was playing my father.”

Siempre, Luis premiered on HBO October 6 and is also available to stream on HBO Max. Watch the trailer here.