Alumnus and filmmaker Peter Bratt (Cowell, politics '86) returned to UC Santa Cruz Friday as part of the local premiere of La Mission, his heartfelt portrait of San Francisco's Mission District, the neighborhood where he grew up.

Accompanying him was his younger brother, television and movie star Benjamin Bratt, who also co-produced the film.

The Bratt brothers visited UCSC Friday afternoon to talk with students, and also appeared for a question-and-answer session after the exclusive screening at the Nickelodeon.

La Mission is now in limited national release after being named a Sundance official selection in 2009. It officially opened in Santa Cruz Friday at the Nickelodeon Theatre in a benefit for student scholarships in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz.

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UC Santa Cruz grad Peter Bratt returns to premiere La Mission