“Dolores,” Acclaimed Portrait of Activist Icon Dolores Huerta, Premieres on Independent Lens

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23 March 2018
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Dolores
Courtesy of Courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs Wayne State University
“Dolores”
Premieres Tuesday, March 27 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)
 
          One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century — and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. Directed by Peter Bratt, and produced by Bratt and Brian Benson, “Dolores” premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:00-11:00 PM ET (Check local listings) on PBS.
 

          With unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of 11, “Dolores” chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the 70s to her continued work as a fearless activist. Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Luis Valdez, Hillary Clinton, Angela Davis, her children and more, “Dolores” is an intimate and inspiring portrait of a passionate champion of the oppressed and an indomitable woman willing to accept the personal sacrifices involved in committing one’s life to social change.
 
Dolores
Courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs Wayne State University
 
          “In the 1970s, the national grape boycott that Dolores Huerta helped organize played out in the small rural Minnesota farming community where I grew up — supported by our Catholic church along with tens of thousands of religious organizations across the country,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens executive producer. “More than 40 years later, Dolores is still an indefatigable architect for social change on behalf of poor, underrepresented people, urging them to seek self-determination with her refrain ‘Si Se Puede’ (‘Yes We Can’).”
 

 
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