A Cinematic Love Letter to SF's Mission District

393.jpgFull of affection for its characters and despair for their situations, "La Mission" is a story of community and family, and one man's struggle to unlearn a lifetime of destructive habits.

This 2009 film is playing at the Sonoma Film Institute on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101), and is co-sponsored by the SSU Queer Studies Minor.

Che, in a commanding performance by Benjamin Bratt, is an ex-con who has turned his life around and now devotes himself to his lifelong friends, his passion for building classic lowrider cruisers and his honor student son, Jess (Jeremy Ray Valdez).


Admission is $6 general admission, $5 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $4 for SFI members and children under 12, and free for SSU students.


"La Mission" is the tenth of fourteen films slated for screenings during the spring semester. Upcoming films include:


"I Know Where I'm Going" - April 15


"Troubled Water" - April 29


"Le Quattro Volte" - May 6, May 8


"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" - May 13, May 15


The Sonoma Film Institute (SFI) is located on the Sonoma State University campus, and is the oldest film repertory organization in the North Bay Area. Since 1973, SFI has unspooled enough celluloid to reach the next galaxy.


Each year, between September and May, SFI presents more than 50 films. These screenings - ranging from silent cinema to the avant-garde, from contemporary American fare to films from the Third World - expand the educational opportunities to students, as well as providing cultural benefit to the campus and surrounding community.


For more information on the Sonoma Film Institute, visit the website at http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/, or contact Eleanor Nichols, SFI Director, at (707) 664-2606 or nicholse@sonoma.edu.

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