Join us for a public screening of Dolores, a documentary about American labor leader, civil rights activist and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, Dolores Huerta.
Directed by Peter Bratt, 2017. Free Admission; all are welcome! Doors at 7 pm. Professor, Activist and Co-Founder of Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) Evelyn Encalada Grez will introduce the film.
History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers union. But missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labour justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century.
Like so many powerful female advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were and still are largely overlooked. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. False accusations from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior from a woman who married three times and raised 11 children, pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Still, she remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87.
Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges this incomplete, one-sided history and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing ones life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Dolores and her contemporaries, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.
WAHC would like to thank it’s union, public, member and volunteer supporters for their role in supporting this screening, which serves as auxiliary programming for our fall exhibition, Grapes and Tortillas by Deborah Koenker.
For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or [email protected]