Somerville Theatre - Screen 5Sun, Apr 30, 2017 6:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Peter Bratt


History tells us that Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers' union. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential cofounder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chavez for racial and labor justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were--and still are--sidelined and diminished. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. False accusations, from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior--she married three times and raised 11 children--pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Peter Bratt's (LA MISSION, IFFBoston 2009) provocative and energizing documentary challenges an incomplete history. Through beautifully woven archival footage and interviews with contemporaries and with Dolores herself, now an octogenarian, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil- and labor-rights leaders in modern U.S. history.