Monday, March 10, 2014

#SupportLatinoWork -- Opening in U.S. movie theaters March 28, 2014: CÉSAR CHÁVEZ

César Chávez is an upcoming film written by Keir Pearson and Timothy J. Sexton (based on a story by Pearson) and directed by Diego Luna about the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who cofounded the United Farm Workers. The film stars Michael Peña as Chávez. John Malkovich co-stars as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who leads the opposition to Chávez's organizing efforts. The film also stars América Ferrera (as Helen Chávez), Rosario Dawson (as Dolores Huerta), Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, Mark Moses, Jacob Vargas and Gael García Bernal.

The film follows Chávez's efforts to organize 50,000 farm workers in California, many of whom were braceros—temporary workers from Mexico permitted to live and work in the United States in agriculture, and required to return to Mexico if they stopped working. Working conditions are very poor for the braceros, who also suffer from racism and brutality at the hands of the employers and local Californians. To help the workers, Mexican American César Chávez (Michael Peña) forms a labor union known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Chávez's efforts are opposed, sometimes violently, by the owners of the large industrial farms where the braceros work. The film touches on several major nonviolent campaigns by the UFW: the Delano grape strike, the Salad Bowl strike, and the 1975 Modesto march.

The film is produced by Luna, García Bernal, Pablo Cruz, Malkovich, Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Pearson and Larry Meli through Canana Films and Participant Media and distributed by Panorama Media. The film is scheduled for nationwide release throughout the United States on Friday, March 28, 2014. For more information, click here or here.


FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014


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