Palm Springs International Film Society and Sunnylands Center & Gardens present
Films on the Great Lawn

A Better Life
Demian Bichir was nominated for an Academy Award for best leading actor in 2012 for this film, making him the first Mexican American actor nominated for an Oscar since Anthony Quinn in 1952. 
Bichir carries this film playing a father who struggles to keep his son from the gangs in East L.A. and immigration agents, while also giving his son more opportunities than he had. 

Friday, September 22, 2017
Gate Open: 7:00pm
Showtime: 7:30pm
@Sunnylands | 37977 Bob Hope Drive | Rancho Mirage, California 92270 | 760.328.2829
Admission is Free

Films on the Great Lawn series returns this fall with movies celebrating Mexican heritage and the pursuit of the American dream. Films take place on three consecutive Fridays in September, with movies beginning at 7:30 pm and gates opening at 7 pm. This series is inspired by the new exhibition at Sunnylands, Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado, showcasing the artwork of José and Tomás Chávez Morado, the brothers who created the Mexican column for the Annenbergs' entry court which will be showing when Sunnylands reopens Thursday, September 14. Other films in the series include My Family, September 15 and The Perfect Game, September 29  

Carpooling is strongly advised. Filmgoers may bring small picnics but are reminded that no large coolers are allowed at Sunnylands. Lawn chairs and seating not provided. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Pets are not permitted. Sunnylands is a smoke-free environment. For more information please contact the education department at 760.322.2930 or email

Film Details

Directed By: Chris Weitz

Starring: Demian Bichir

2011 | Rated PG13 | RT: 1 hour 38 Minutes

Event Details

Date: Sep 22 7:30 p.m.   Sunnylands Free