SF mayor honors alumnus Peter Bratt with Latino heritage award

Pat Zavella, chair of the UC Santa Cruz Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, presents alumnus Peter Bratt with an award of recognition in April when he and his brother, Benjamin, center, showed their film "La Mission" in a benefit for the department. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Filmmaker Peter Bratt, a UC Santa Cruz alumnus, and his TV star brother Benjamin were named recipients of the 2010 Latino Heritage Month Award in the arts by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom announced the selections October 12 at a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. The mayor honored 13 individuals and organizations for their contributions to the Latino community and the social, economical and cultural landscapes of San Francisco.

Peter Bratt, writer and director of the film "La Mission" and his brother, the movie's star, were honored in the arts category. The brothers grew up in San Francisco's Mission District with their mother, a Quecha native of Peru.

Peter Bratt, a 1986 graduate of Cowell College, returned to Santa Cruz with his brother in April for the opening of "La Mission" in a benefit for the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz.