Documentary About The Life of Dolores Huerta Opens In Los Angeles

You might’ve not heard of Dolores Huerta in your history class or maybe even in your women gender studies class but you’ve most likely heard about Cesar Chavez and all his accomplishments that came with the United Farm Workers movement back in the 60’s and 70’s.

You’ve read about how Cesar, with the help of others, overcame the many tribulations of putting forward a union for the farm workers that couldn’t do it themselves. You’ve read about him boycotting left and right, knocking on doors for months so he could rally up people to join the movement, you’ve read everything about him and nothing about Dolores.

Dolores is an American civil rights activist and a movement leader who, alongside Cesar Chavez, began the National Farmworkers Association (later known as UFW) from the very start.

The documentary written, produced and directed by Peter Bratt, “Dolores,” is a call-to-action film. In an hour and thirty-six minutes, the audience is given a great deal of past UFW background pertaining this young lady, Dolores Huerta, who some say was erased from history.

As opposed to what many were taught, Cesar Chavez did not begin and continue this historical movement by himself.

Dolores was born in April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico. She is a 5th generation American, and her parents and grandparents were American too, but her Mexican heritage never left her home. She began her activism at a young age. She recalls seeing the harsh brutality in which Mexicans and Blacks were treated by and wanted to join the organization that fought for their justice.

Shortly after, her life took a turn. In her “Living Self Portrait” interview, Dolores said that after years of working with Cesar in other activist rallies, he asked her to go to his house, and there, he said to Dolores they had to begin the union for the farmworkers or no one else would; and so, it began.

When the labor movement started to become popular, Cesar came back to Dolores and told her, ‘someone has to be the face of the UFW and I think it should be me.’ And like any good Hispanic woman, Dolores agreed without hesitation.

In our interview with her, she said she felt she didn’t have her feminist lenses on at that time, had she known what she knows know, she says she would’ve demanded to go 50/50 on show time.

Dolores did everything Cesar did, plus more. She was at every huelga, at every fence, boycotting, knocking on doors in other cities, she was doing everything Cesar was but yet many don’t know her.

She even came up with considerably the most famous slogan of all time, “Si Se Puede,” who later was used by Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign!

Dolores went on to serve all her time and devotion to this campaign, to helping these people who weren’t capable of helping themselves. Dolores went on to create history.

And as of this day, she still continues her work as an activist through her foundation doloreshuerta.org.

If you don’t know who she is, this documentary will allow you to understand her immerse contribution to our country’s history. It’s a must-see film. “Dolores” premieres in Los Angeles September 8th at the Nuart Theatre with a special Q & A with Dolores Huerta and Peter Bratt moderated by Mike De la Rocha at 5pm and Dolores Huerta, Peter Bratt and Carlos Santana moderated by legendary actor and activist Martin Sheen at 7:30pm which is currently sold out.

Visit doloresthemovie.com for more information.

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Abbey Fernandez

Abbey Fernandez is a Broadcasting major at Cal State Fullerton.
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