One issue that often goes unnoticed with today’s media portrayal of the gay man as ultra-femenine is the role that sexuality plays in “masculinity”.
La MISSION tackles this issue head on. A new film by Peter Bratt starring former Law & Order star Benjamin Bratt, La MISSION is set in the Mission district of San Francisco. What follows is a synopsis from their website:
Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He’s a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. At the same time he’s also a man feared for his street-tough ways and violent temper.
A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che’s path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. In a rage, Che violently beats Jes, disowning him. He loses his son – and loses himself in the process. Isolated and alone, Che comes to realize that his patriarchal pride is meaningless to him, and to maintain his idea of masculinity, he’s sacrificed the one thing that he cherishes most – the love of his son. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he’ll have to embrace a side of himself he’s never shown.
La MISSION opened April 9th in New York and Los Angeles, so go get your tickets now! It’s sure to be an interesting and moving film, educational for the general population who might not be so supportive of LGBT rights/equality. For more information visit: http://www.lamissionthemovie.com/