Dolores Trailer Gives Iconic Activist Dolores Huerta the Historical Recognition She Deserves
Peter Bratt’s Dolores is preparing for a fall release, and the documentary about the life and work of “iconic labor leader and feminist pioneer Dolores Huerta, who fought for racial and economic justice alongside Caesar Chavez” is hopefully going to get Huerta the full acknowledgement she deserves.
I had the chance to watch Dolores when I was at the Athena Film Festival last year, and it’s an intimate and inspiring look at Huerta, who was also at the event and met with chants of “Sí se puede” afterwards. Bratt’s film looks not only at Huerta’s pioneering work with the United Farm Workers and environmental justice, it also examines her work in women’s rights alongside Gloria Steinem and the sacrifices that Huerta made to truly live a life in service of others. There are few, if any people, who are willing to give even half of what Huerta fearlessly did for human rights in the face of discrimination and violence. This is a chapter of history that most of us aren’t taught, and I highly recommend everyone try to see this film.
The trailer also puts front and center the declaration that Huerta needs to be a name that’s as recognizable and iconic as Caesar Chavez, and the reason many don’t know about her (the film itself includes many embarrassing moments of news outlets disparaging or dismissing her) is due to racism and sexism. Huerta is still active today, engaging with young girls, fighting for Latinas to run for office, and more. After watching this film, you’ll be nothing short of inspired to continue her legacy of service and to make sure everyone know about the contributions of this phenomenal woman.
Dolores will open theatrically at the IFC Center in New York City on September 1.
(via Indiewire, image: screencap)
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