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Film: The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle


A documentary recounting the history of César Chávez and the farmworkers’ movement—a story of hope and courage against overwhelming odds, and a story of poor people taking control of their lives. Chávez, the charismatic co-founder, with Dolores Huerta, of the United Farmworkers Union, inspired a nonviolent movement that touched the hearts of millions and confronted both conservative politicians and the powerful Teamsters Union. The Fight in the Fields is the first film to cover the full arc of César Chávez’s life, using archival footage, newsreel, and present-day interviews with Ethel Kennedy, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dolores Huerta, and Chávez’s brother, sister, son, and daughter. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

1996; Ray Telles & Rick Tejada-Flores; English; 116 minutes; not rated. Tickets available one hour before show