Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this vivid musical is the filmed version of the play that made Edward James Olmos a star. Olmos reprises his role as the narrator, the mythical “Pachuco,” in this blend of fact and fantasy based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial and Zoot Suit Riots of 1940s Los Angeles.
Daniel Valdez (also reprising his stage role) stars as Henry Reyna, the leader of a group of young Mexican Americans wrongfully imprisoned for murder. Both the play and film were written and directed by Luis Valdez and feature the music of Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, the “father of Chicano music.” Print and film still courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Special Program: The evening’s host and panel moderator will be Betto Arcos, independent radio producer and host of KPFK's "Global Village" world music show. Panel discussion with film director Luis Valdez, film stars Edward James Olmos and Rose Portillo, and Dr. Eric Avila, Associate Professor, Chicano Studies, History, and Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles.