Tonight was amazing. Erica and I went to see "La Mission" at the SIFF (http://www.siff.net/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=28922&fid=123
). It is a film about a Latino community in the Mission District of San Francisco. Its mostly about this one man's journey trying to break a cycle of responding to situations in his life with violence. The catalyst for the change in Che comes from his son coming out as gay. It was great to see Latinos portrayed as real people - good, bad, gray, all of that. The film also highlighted the connections to native culture highly prevalent for Latinos. The most poignant to me was the fact that the movie touched on the intersectionality of culture, race, class, sexuality, gender, disability - basically all the issues real people face every day!
It was this great breath of Latino culture that I miss and honestly feel alienated from a lot in life. I felt at home watching a lot of the scenes - the food, the speech, the vibrant colors and images.
I also got to meet Benjamin Bratt. His brother, Peter Bratt, wrote the movie. Peter and Benjamin co-produced it. They did a Q&A session after the movie, which most people stayed around for. I got Benjamin's autograph and told him how much the movie meant to me. I know I was just another person asking for a celebrity's autograph, but the night felt special to me.