Film: César Chávez
Mon, May 4, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Downtown Silver Spring, MD
Introduced by UFW First Vice President Irv Hershenbaum
Tickets: or click here to enter today’s raffle for free passes!
History is made one step at a time. The film follows legendary organizer César Chávez’s efforts to organize 50,000 farm workers in California, some of whom were braceros — temporary workers from Mexico permitted to live and work in the United States in agriculture, and required to return to Mexico if they stop working. Working conditions are very poor for the braceros, who also suffer from racism and brutality at the hands of the employers and local Californians. To help the workers, César Chávez (Michael Peña) forms a labor union known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Chávez’s efforts are opposed, sometimes violently, by the owners of the large industrial farms where the braceros work. The film touches on several major nonviolent campaigns by the UFW: the Delano grape strike, the Salad Bowl strike and the 1975 Modesto march.
Also starring America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. DIR/PROD Diego Luna; SCR/PROD Keir Pearson; PROD Pablo Cruz, Lianne Halfon, LarryMeli, Russell Smith. Mexico/US, 2014, color, 102 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. RATED PG-13. Click here for trailer.
UFW MARCH/RALLY TOMORROW! On Tuesday, May 5, Farm workers from California will march in downtown Washington, DC as the DC City Council votes on a UFW resolution telling Gerawan Farms to obey the law and implement the UFW contract. The march starts at 8a at 722 12th St NW; go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
COMING UP: Rainwood House Sings; The Grapes of Wrath (75th Anniversary!)