‘Cesar Chavez’ Movie to Screen for Farm Workers

'Cesar Chavez' Movie Screen Farm Workers

Director Diego Luna is presenting an outdoor premiere of “Cesar Chavez” for farm workers at the Forty Acres site outside Delano, Calif., where Chavez started the United Farm Workers union in the 1960s.

The English-language film, which opens Friday through Pantelion, will be shown on a large screen erected in front of the building hosting Chavez’s former offices and the union hall where grape growers signed their first UFW contracts in 1970.

America Ferrera (who portrays Helen Chavez), UFW President Arturo Rodriguez and Chavez’ son Paul Chavez are expected to attend.

The Tuesday event is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees, mostly Latino farm workers. Luna is sponsoring the premiere along with the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the UFW.

Residents of housing communities managed by the foundation in Delano and Shafter and students receiving tutoring through the foundation have been invited to the event.

The Los Angeles premiere was held on March 20.

“Cesar Chavez,” produced by Mexico’s Canana Films and co-financed by Participant Media, stars Michael Pena.

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  1. Gloria Hernandez says:

    I was born and raised in Texas and associated with Dolores Huerta with the United Farm Worker’s Union, in investigating farm-related fatalities, to ensure they were being recorded as such, to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, thru the state agency I was employed with, over 25 years ago.
    I am also from a migrant-worker familly, I am very interested in knowing if anyone can attend.
    While we all knew about Cesar Chavez in Texas, there were many obstacles to following him in his campaign to help the farm-workers here, that we sometimes wonder if anyone knows our story, the ones from OUR campgrounds. Texas in the 50 and 60’s was still very much the “Jim Crow” era. Cesar Chavez’s name was not even allowed to be mentioned.

  2. Rosa Slva says:

    Wat time and can anybody go?

  3. tina vasquez says:

    What time does it start?

  4. Eliot says:

    The 1970 contracts were also the last grape contracts signed with Delano growers … the union hasn’t had a contract in the grape vineyards for decades

  5. Rosa says:

    At what time?

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