Free Film Screening: La Bamba (1987)

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: 
FilmScene, Ped Mall
118 East College Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Picture of La Bamba movie

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 by a 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's life, not a eulogy. 

Free and open to all.

Contact Darrel Wanzer Serrano at (319) 335-0743 for more information.