Monday, october 9 AT 7:30PM | regular admission prices
See the award-winning new documentary Dolores, and meet legendary activist and film subject Dolores Huerta in person at a post-film Q&A!
“Activist Dolores Huerta gets her props in this stirring doc.” – Claudia Puig, Wrap
Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in the fight for racial, class and gender equality in American history. She was an equal partner co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own fiery dedication and relentless work ethic were constantly under attack. False accusations from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior from a woman who married three times and raised 11 children, pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Still, she remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87. Director Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice and sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history. Winner of Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis Film Festivals. (Dir. by Peter Bratt, 2017, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated)
Dolores Huerta is a legendary labor leader, women’s advocate and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Working alongside UFW President César Chávez, Huerta was involved in numerous community and labor organizing efforts in Central California and quickly became a skilled organizer and negotiator for the union. In the UFW, she was instrumental in the union’s many successes, including the strikes against California grape growers in the 1960s and 1970s. As an advocate for farmworker’s rights, Huerta was arrested 22 times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes. Huerta stepped down from her position at the UFW in 1999, yet she continues to work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, women and children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels the country, engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She speaks regularly to students and organization across the U.S. and abroad about issues of social justice and public policy. Huerta has received numerous awards and honors for her activism and community service, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the Puffin Foundation’s Award for Creative Citizenship, the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award, and the Smithsonian Institution’s James Smithson Award, among many others. Ms. Magazine named Huerta one the three Most Important Women of 1997, and Ladies Home Journal listed her as one of the 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century. She has nine Honorary Doctorates from universities throughout the U.S, and was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2012, President Obama bestowed Huerta with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.