CESAR CHAVEZ

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Release Date: March 28, 2014

Starring: Michael Peña, America
Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John
Malkovich, Wes Bentley, Eli
Vargas, Jack Holmes, Ron
Perkins

Genre: Drama/Biography

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 101 minutes

Distributor: Pantelion Films/Lionsgate
Films

Director: Diego Luna

Executive Producer: John Malkovich, Gael García
Bernal

Producer: Diego Luna, Russell Smith,
Keir Pearson, Pablo Cruz,
Lianne Halfon, Larry Meli

Writer: Keir Pearson

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Paul Presburger, CEO, and James N. McNamara, Chairman, Pantelion Films (a partnership between Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televiso)
2700 Colorado Avenue, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA  90404
Website:  www.pantelionfilms.com; Email:  info@pantelionfilms.com

Content:

(RoRoRo, So, PCPC, RHRH, B, C, LL, V, A, D, M) Very strong Romantic, liberal, almost socialist worldview, documenting the early career of labor leader Cesar Chavez, with some politically correct elements and revisionist history that ignores the extremist roots of Chavez’s organization, but some moral, pro-family elements and a visit to a church; 20 obscenities, three strong profanities, and one light profanity; light, brief violence and threats of violence includes confrontations between farm workers protesting, police, and anti-protestors; no sex; no nudity; beer drinking; smoking; and, movie presents a one-sided sociopolitical presentation of an historical figure and his activities where the concerns of his opponents are downplayed or even ignored.

Summary:

CESAR CHAVEZ is a hagiography of the famous Hispanic labor leader, who formed the United Farm Workers union to help get farm workers higher wages, improved conditions, and the right to strike. Michael Peña does a really good job as the famous labor leader, and the movie is highly watchable, but the movie’s left-leaning worldview and some foul language warrant extreme caution.

Review:

CESAR CHAVEZ is a hagiography of the famous Hispanic labor leader, who formed the United Farm Workers union to help get farm workers higher wages, improved conditions, and the right to strike. Ironically, Chavez’s vision was undercut not only in the past but also currently by the influx of illegal immigrants, a source of cheap labor for American growers, farmers, and businesses, not to mention the American consumers who buy their goods.



The movie begins with Chavez being sent out by the Community Service Organization, a socialist activist group founded by socialist activist and communist sympathizer Saul Alinsky (the movie doesn’t tell viewers that last bit of info, by the way). (Alinsky also was a mentor to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.) Chavez takes his whole family out to Delano, Calif., in 1962 so he can organize the Hispanic and Filipino farm workers there. The rest of the movie documents his struggles to help the workers and get the union legally recognized. Along the way, it documents Chavez’s famous 25-day fast in 1968 and his equally famous boycott of California grapes. Sadly, because of his work, Chavez becomes estranged from his eldest son, but the two eventually reconcile.



The movie CESAR CHAVEZ is basically a left-wing advertisement for the United Farm Workers and unions, including a justification for strikes. Michael Peña does a really good job as the famous labor leader, and the movie is highly watchable. However, because of the movie’s politically correct, left-leaning view and some foul language, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution. Of course, the movie downplays the concerns of the growers and farmers that Chavez and his cohorts opposed.



Ironically, Chavez opposed illegal immigration because the growers bused illegal aliens into the fields to break strikes and also depress wages (see http://bredred.com/obama-probably-wont-tout-this-position-of-cesar-chavezs-during-white-house-film-screening/). The movie mentions this problem for Chavez and his fellow conspirators, but it’s mostly left out of the picture. It should be noted, however, that, as farm workers leave agriculture work to get better work (as they tend to do), America’s farmers and growers constantly need someone to replace them. Hence, the constant influx of illegal immigrants into the United States, something that seems to be a perpetual problem for multiple reasons, a problem that won’t be solved in this review.

In Brief:

CESAR CHAVEZ is a hagiography of the famous Hispanic labor leader, who formed the United Farm Workers union. The movie begins with Chavez being sent out by the Community Service Organization, a socialist activist group founded by socialist activist and communist sympathizer Saul Alinsky. Chavez takes his whole family out to Salinas, Calif., in 1962 so he can organize the Hispanic and Filipino farm workers there. The rest of the movie documents his struggles to help the workers and get the union legally recognized. Sadly, because of his work, Chavez becomes estranged from his eldest son, but the two eventually reconcile.

The movie CESAR CHAVEZ is basically a left-wing advertisement for the United Farm Workers and unions, including a justification for strikes. That said, farm workers deserve equal protection under the law just like everyone else. Michael Peña does a really good job as the famous labor leader, and the movie is highly watchable. However, the movie leaves out Chavez’s ideological ties to socialist radical Saul Alinsky. Because of the movie’s politically correct, left-leaning bias and some foul language, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.