Lionsgate released a theatrical trailer for Cesar Chavez, an upcoming biopic film directed by Diego Luna, written by Keir Pearson and Timothy J. Sexton.
Based on the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who cofounded the United Farm Workers.
It stars Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Mark Moses, Lisa Brenner and Jacob Vargas.
“The film follows Chávez’s efforts to organize 50,000 farm workers in California, many of whom were braceros—temporary workers from Mexico permitted to live and work in the United States in agriculture, and required to return to Mexico if they stopped working.
Working conditions are very poor for the braceros, who also suffer from racism and brutality at the hands of the employers and local Californians. To help the workers, Mexican American César Chávez forms a labor union known as the United Farm Workers (UFW).
Chávez’s efforts are opposed, sometimes violently, by the owners of the large industrial farms where the braceros work. The film touches on several major nonviolent campaigns by the UFW: the Delano grape strike, the Salad Bowl strike, and the 1975 Modesto march.”
Cesar Chavez is scheduled to release on March 28, 2014.
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