The diverse crowd that gathered at the Egyptian Tuesday for the premiere of Lions Gate’s “Bread and Roses” was united by pic’s rallying cry of “Si se puede” (Yes, we can), which the audience continued to chant as the final credits rolled.
According to helmer Ken Loach, “Spanish has become the language of social change,” which explains why the latest addition to his body of socially conscious work is based on last year’s janitors strike, and is largely in Spanish.
Co-star George Lopez, whose father was a migrant farm worker, said “the depth of the janitors’ struggle to become free” attracted him to the project. Many real-life janitors acted alongside him in the pic.
Among those enjoying the Mexican food and salsa dancing at the courtyard after-party were pic’s stars Elpidia Carrillo and Pilar Padilla; screenwriter Paul Laverty; guests Andy L. Stern, international prexy of the Service Employees Intl. Union; Eliseo Medina, SEIU exec veep; Jennifer Blanc, Matt Cedeno, Sarah Ann Morris and Kaya Wittenberg.