The Mexican Museum & FORT MASON FLIX: La Bamba


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The Mexican Museum & Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture

May 5th @ 5:30 p.m.

“I understand about friendship … but I’m being honest here. Not everyone in the world gets a shot at the ‘brass ring.’ You’re gonna have to ask yourself what’s more important, your friends … or your music.” “My family.

La Bamba

Join The Mexican Museum to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Latinx Icons of American History with the screening of La Bamba, the 1987 Ritchie Valens biopic at the FORT MASON FLIX pop-up movie plaza. The Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco (Mexican dance group) performs during the screening pre-show! Stay tuned for upcoming surprises throughout the night …

About: Richard Steven Valenzuela (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a normal teenage boy who becomes a rock ‘n’ roll superstar under the stage name Ritchie Valens. He meets and falls in love with fellow high school student Donna Ludwig (Danielle von Zerneck), for whom he wrote a song that became a number two hit (“Donna”). However, Donna’s father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Mexican American, which causes friction between Ritchie and Donna. The movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela (Rosana DeSoto) and half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales), and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchie because of Ritchie’s success. (IMDB.com)

Director: Luis Valdez

Year Released: 1987

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 108 minutes

Cast: With Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Danielle von Zerneck, Rosana DeSoto, and Elizabeth Peña

Showing: May 5, 5:30 p.m.

Special offers

Win free tickets: To celebrate the launch of FORT MASON FLIX, DoTheBay is hosting an exclusive giveaway: a complimentary car pass to the movie screening of the winner’s choice. Enter to win at DoTheBay.com/FLIX


Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is proud to partner with DoTheBay, the official media partner of FORT MASON FLIX, Xfinity, Volume Inc., Large Screen Video, and Edlen. Organizations interested in sponsoring FORT MASON FLIX should contact Sales@DoTheBay.com.

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