President Obama made brief remarks before the screening of “Cesar Chavez,” but he didn’t stay to see the movie. He told a gathering of more than 100 people at a White House screening that he planned to watch it with his wife and daughters away in China.
“It’s very lonely at home, so there’s nothing better than to see an inspiring film,” Obama quipped, per a pool report.
Director Diego Luna, stars Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera and labor leader Dolores Huerta and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were among those in attendance for the screening at the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Also present were United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez. Obama was introduced by Julie Chavez Rodriguez, deputy director of public engagement at the White House and the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez.
The movie was the latest to receive a high-profile screening at the White House, usually reserved for titles that have socially relevant messages or ones that are about important chapters in American history. “Monuments Men” screened last month, and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” was shown in November.
Obama pointed to the challenges that Chavez faced throughout his life, testing his faith, but showing that with persistence “eventually things will change.”
“That is one of the great lessons of his life — we don’t give up the fight,” Obama said. “No matter how long it takes, no matter how long the odds, we keep on going.”
Obama did draw laughs when he said that he would be receiving a “CD” of the movie, before correcting himself to say “DVD.”
“The point is I am going to watch it,” Obama said.
The movie opens on March 28, with Participant Media, Pantelion Films and Lionsgate as distributors.