Documentary on Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Will Open This Year's CineFestival

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Telling the story of Chicana activist and United Farm Workers Union co-founder Dolores Huerta, the documentary Dolores will open this year's CineFestival, the nation's longest running Latino film festival.

Dolores digs into the life of a civil rights icon who is often overshadowed by her UFW co-founder Cesar Chavez. The film recounts Huerta's tireless fight for women's rights, equal rights for the LGBTQ community and for environmental justice, using never-before-seen archival footage and interviews that trace Huerta's role in America's history of activism.

The documentary premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews; according to Latino USA, the film premiere received a standing ovation. Directed and produced by Peter Bratt with co-producers Carlos Santana and Brian Benson, Dolores promises to set the bar high for this year's CineFestival, which takes place February 24-March 4 and is sponsored by The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. The documentary's showing at CineFestival will be its second showing before a general audience.

In a prepared statement, festival director Jim Mendiola said the documentary perfectly captures the theme of this year's CineFestival: "that movies matter, culturally, and more importantly politically. Chicano cinema started with the 1969 Luis Vadez film I am Joaquin, which was created as an organizing tool for the UFW. It's especially gratifying to bring one of the era's icons to the Guadalupe Theater to kick off our festival."
 
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Dolores will screen at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe. For tickets and more on the festival, check out cinefestival.org.


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