New movie centers on life of farm labor leader Cesar Chavez

After four years in the making, the life of civil rights activist cesar Chavez hits the big screen. And it has his son's approval
March 11, 2014 3:38:58 PM PDT
A new Hollywood film is exposing everyone to the struggles of farm labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

The movie, titled "Cesar Chavez," doesn't officially debut until March 28 but there have been private screenings in several cities, including Houston and Austin.

After four years in the making, the life of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez hits the big screen. And it has his son's approval.

"It captures that inspiration and hope, and it really portrays him as humble man who made tremendous sacrifices -- not just in the classic fight against, the classic struggle between farm workers and employers but also on a personal level," Chavez's on, Paul Chavez, said.

Starring America Ferrara as his wife and John Malkovich as the owner of a grape farm, the movie highlights the struggles Chavez made to secure living wages for farm workers in the 60's.

The movie also explores the hardships Paul Chavez and his family had to endure, as his father was constantly at work.

"As I've become older and I understand his work and can really see the impact he had on so many lives, then you really appreciate not only the work he did but the sacrifice that he made," Chavez said.

LULAC's Herlinda Garcia, an activist herself, says the release of the movie couldn't come at a better time.

"There's so much controversy right now with immigration reform and what's happening with immigration," she said. "We need to do something to establish them as permanent residents."

Chavez believes immigration reform would be the top priority for his father if he were living today and jokes that although he personally isn't on social media, his father would have no doubt used it to spread his message.

"And he would be tweeting, yes he would," Chavez said.

Chavez died 21 years ago at age 66.

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