Benjamin and Peter Bratt: We hung around these cats and Che was also used as a consultant for the project. But this is not unique to the Mission District in that sometimes with the newer Lowriders who listen to the rap, and the hip hop culture has influenced their lives, they sometimes lose touch of the roots of the OG Lowrider culture. Take Che, he can also break down Mayan History, as well as the Aztec culture. He knows a lot about that kind of thing and see's the Lowrider culture as part of that experience. He's very proud of that indigenize side of it and also old enough that growing up in the sixties, Latinos and Brown people really had to take a stand on who they really were. And so there is a lot of that political activism with Veteranos that you don't see of today with the youth culture.
LRM: You brought that into play just a little bit in a scene with the Chicanito playing his rap music, and Che put him straight in what real music was to Che and his Character.
Peter Bratt: This is one reason we came to Phoenix for the movie premier, because of the whole debate going on with the new SB 1070 Law, they can pull you over and card you for being Brown. In recognizing that indigenous connection many Mexicanos have. I believe it is time that Latino's flex their political muscle and get out and vote.
In closing, the interview with the Bratt Brothers made it clear to me these two individuals are not only proud of their heritage and roots, they are cut from the same cloth many of us are from. While in Phoenix during the movie premiere, Benjamin and Peter had a special guest with them. Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the Cesar Chavez Farm Workers Organization. They are working with The Cesar Chavez Foundation to help educate people and get them to get politically active and vote. Becoming active now will help ensure a positive future for our children with the decisions made today.
From Writer/Director Peter Bratt comes La Mission, a 5 Stick Films Inc. and TomKat Films Production. Produced by Benjamin Bratt, Peter Bratt, and Alpita Patel and Executive Produced by Tom Steyer, Kat Taylor, and Dan Nelson. La Mission stars Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego, and Talisa Soto Bratt. Supporting cast includes Kevin Michael Richardson, Patrick D. Shinning-Elk, Rene A. Quinonez, Ruben Gonzalez, and Mark Rosenak.