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Free Film Screening: La Bamba (1987)
Oct 10, 2019
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
118 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
This free screening of the film La Bamba (1987) is part of the yearlong Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on "Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging." The screening will be followed with a post-discussion.
La Bamba is the biographical story of 1950s rock 'n' roll rage Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Valenzuela), played by Lou Diamond Phillips. The film follows how the 17-year-old Californian went from farm-laborer to overnight success, including his untimely death in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The tragic coda of La Bamba is not unduly emphasized: this is a celebration of Ritchie Valens' life, not a eulogy.
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