Zoot Suit

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icon-latin-filmIntersectionality: IU Latina Film Festival and Conference

Zoot Suit

  • 1981
  • Directed By: Luis Valdez
  • Rated R
  • Drama
  • 103 Minutes
  1. Friday, April 6, 2012 9:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Zoot Suit
Zoot Suit develops a story around the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial, in which a group of young male Mexican-Americans were wrongfully charged with murder, and the subsequent Zoot Suit Riots. After the young men are sent to San Quentin, their defense team continues to fight for their freedom, and one of the prisoners reacts to his imprisonment by creating an alter ego (El Pachuco) to voice his rage. Nominated for Best Motion Picture at the 1982 Golden Globe Awards®. (35mm print provided courtesy of Universal Pictures and the Black Film Center/Archive)


Latino Film Festival and Conference
The festival and conference are sponsored by Chicano-Riqueño Studies Program, Latino Studies Program, Black Film Center/Archive, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of History, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of American Studies, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, La Casa - Latino Cultural Center, and IU Cinema.