DOLORES

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Molly Boyle)

At age eighty-seven, Dolores Huerta is a bona fide civil-rights icon, cel­e­brated for her steely fem­i­nism in the face of the male- dom­i­nated la­bor move­ment, her un­wa­ver­ing belief in non­vi­o­lent protest, and her life­long com­mit­ment to work­ers’ rights. This spir­ited doc­u­men­tary, ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duced by Car­los San­tana and di­rected by Peter Bratt, chron­i­cles her ex­tra­or­di­nary life and work. As a teenager, she be­came po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated by the so­cial and eco­nomic in­equities she wit­nessed in the fields of Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley, and in 1962, she and César Chávez co-founded what be­came the United Farm Work­ers. The work led to Huerta coin­ing the in­deli­ble slo­gan “Sí se puede,” or “Yes, we can.” La causa be­came both a la­bor move­ment and a cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion, but the toll Huerta’s work took on her and her fam­ily is sen­si­tively and mov­ingly chron­i­cled. It’s a fast-paced, en­gross­ing cel­e­bra­tion of an un­re­lent­ing and truly in­spi­ra­tional woman. Not rated. 95 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts.

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