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Dolores

 

Rated NR · 96 minutes · 2017

Documentary
Hagiographic but still lively and informative, this documentary by Peter Bratt shines a spotlight on a historic, relatively overlooked figure: Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the National Farmworkers Association (eventually the United Farm Workers) with Cesar Chavez in the early 60s. Born in 1930 and still kicking, Huerta lives too much in the present to have much to say on camera about her years as a young mother and tireless organizer, but Bratt builds up a personal portrait of her through the comments of others, both warm (from veteran activists she inspired) and ambivalent (from her grown children, who seldom saw her). The film is a concerted attempt to write Huerta back into the history books, a laudable goal, yet its own history of her life can be sketchy, particularly with regard to the political friction that prompted her to step down from the UFW in 1999. Carlos Santana served as executive producer and contributed a couple music tracks; among the talking heads are Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, and Hillary Clinton.
Official Site: www.doloresthemovie.com
Director: Peter Bratt
Writer: Peter Bratt and Jessica Congdon
Producer: Peter Bratt, Brian Benson and Carlos Santana
Cast: Dolores Huerta

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