La Mission – A Real Treat

A visitor to the site who had the chance to see “La Mission” at the Sundance Film Festival, Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, sent me a well-developed review of the movie and she gave me the permission to post it here. She has also taken a photo of Benjamin, Carlos Carrasco, and Jesse Borrego that I’ll upload to the gallery as soon as possible-


La Mission – A Real Treat

I’ll be honest. There are times when you look at Sundance synopsis
and think twice about going to see the film. I admit that I think
twice about seeing anything that is even slightly gang related
because films of this genre are often handled so badly. I’ve seen
plenty. The best of the best and the worst of the worst. However,
knowing that La Mission was a Bratt Brothers production, I was
certain that there would be integrity and a level of excellence that
less talented filmmakers and actors would not be able to achieve.
Not only was I right, but I had no idea that I was going to be
treated to one of the finest films I have seen in a long time
regardless of genre. La Mission is beautiful on some many levels.
From the stunning shots of San Francisco and the Mission District to
the intimacy that exists, not only between father and son, but also
between so many characters in this film The relationship between all
of the male friends is so full of warmth, honesty and humor that
their are scenes in La Mission that you simply don’t see in films
with a male audience appeal. Then of course there is the cultural
piece. It is handled with so much thought and authenticity. No
pandering, no stereotyping, no one dimensional portrayals of a
complex and vibrant culture. Bravo to all involved. The film itself
was a great experience, but at the Q&A after the film I learned that
many of the actors involved were local kids without much acting
experience. This community involvement only added yet another layer
of credibility and is yet something else to be admired about this
worthy piece of filmmaking and storytelling. As I spent my weekend
at Sundance, I ran into others who had seen La Mission. People of
all walks of life. The comments were consistently positive and
appreciative of the work and what it says about so many contemporary
issues. Kudos to all involved. I look forward to its release and to
recommending it to friends. After so many badly handled stories
about the Latino community in any number of US states, it’s great to
have this gem transcend and have such universal appeal.

Rochelle Newman-Carrasco

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