César E. Chávez Film & Discussion

Date: March 28, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Celebration Cinema, Rivertown Crossings Mall
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César Chávez Movie Poster

Film & Discussion

César Chávez is an upcoming film directed by Diego Luna about the life of Mexican-American labor leader César E. Chávez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers.  The film stars Michael Peña as Chávez.  John Malkovich co-stars as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who leads the opposition to Chávez's organizing efforts.  The film follows Chávez's efforts to organize 50,000 farm workers in California, many of whom were braceros— Term use to describe temporary workers from Mexico permitted to live and work in the United States in agriculture, and required to return to Mexico after the conclusion of agricultural seasons. Working conditions are typically very poor for the braceros, who also suffer from racism and brutality at the hands of the employers and local Californians. To help the workers, Mexican American César Chávez (Michael Peña) forms a labor union known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). 

Chávez's efforts are opposed, sometimes violently, by the owners of the large industrial farms where the braceros work. The film touches on several major nonviolent campaigns by the UFW: the Delano grape strike, the Salad Bowl strike, and the 1975 Modesto march.

RSVP to Alli Roman: romanall@gvsu.edu by March 25th

Limited transportation to theater provided on a first-come-first-serve basis

Cost: Free for GVSU students!