The highly anticipated Cesar Chavez film opens this weekend (I have already seen it listed in theaters for Thursday in Southern California), and Latino serving organizations have been ramping up the publicity for the film. Labor leader Cesar Chavez has been dead for 20 years, and numerous schools, streets, and community centers have been named for the man who brought the plight of those who pick our food to the table.
The film stars Michael Peña, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson and is directed by Diego Luna.
Some initial criticisms I have heard from those who have seen the film is that there wasn’t much emphasis on United Farm Workers co-founder, Dolores Huerta. Former UFW organizer and colleague of Chavez and current Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz has also publicly criticized the film saying, “This film made me sad. He’s almost a cartoon.”
Despite some of the initial criticisms, many are hopeful that this film will introduce Cesar Chavez to a new generation of Latinos and show Hollywood that the stories of Latinos are worth making.
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