DOLORES
USA, 2017 

English | 95 min
Director: Peter Bratt

Wednesday, Aug 30
5:00 PM | The Cinematheque

*POST-FESTIVAL SCREENING: 
Thursday, Sept 7

2:00 PM | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | SFU Woodward's 

Tickets: $10/$8
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History tells us that César Chávez transformed the U.S. labour movement by creating the United Farm Workers Union in the early 1960s. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chávez for racial and labour justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were—and still are—sidelined and diminished. Peter Bratt’s illuminating and engaging documentary is a powerful portrait of one of the most important social justice activists in U.S. history and a long-overdue tribute to a pioneering woman.

“Bratt distills the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers' rights but to the expanding role of women at that time.” Duane Byrge, THR

La historia nos dice que fue César Chávez quien transformó el movimiento de trabajadores estadounidense al liderar la primera unión de trabajadores campesinos. Sin embargo, esta narrativa deja de lado a la co-fundadora Dolores Huerta, quien peleó hasta el cansancio junto con Chávez en pro de la justicia racial y laboral. De esta forma, se volvió una de las feministas más desafiantes del siglo XX. Al igual que muchas grandes mujeres activistas, Dolores y sus reformas fueron -y siguen siendo- hechas a un lado y minimizadas. Incluso al empoderar a toda una generación de inmigrantes para defender sus derechos, su inquebrantable ética profesional siempre estuvo bajo constante ataque. Rumores y acusaciones falsas tanto de enemigos como de amigos en cuanto a abandono de hijos y comportamiento inmoral -se casó tres veces y crío 11 hijos- obligaron a Dolores a salir de la unión que ella misma ayudó a crear.

Producer: Brian Benson
Writers: Peter Bratt, Jessica Congdon
Cinematographer: Jesse Dana
Editor: Jessica Congdon

Peter Bratt (San Francisco, 1962) is an award-winning filmmaker. In 1996, he wrote and directed his first feature film, the critically-acclaimed Follow Me Home. His next feature, LA Mission (2009) earned Bratt the prestigious Norman Lear Writer’s Award. Dolores  is his latest feature documentary project and premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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