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The Fight in the Fields (1997)

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This documentary traces the history of the United Farmworkers Union and the life of its founder, Cesar Chavez, from his birth in Arizona, his education into organizing and non-violence, his... See full summary »

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This documentary traces the history of the United Farmworkers Union and the life of its founder, Cesar Chavez, from his birth in Arizona, his education into organizing and non-violence, his formation of the union, to his death in 1993. It includes newsreel footage of the Delano grape boycott, Senate hearings conducted by Robert F. Kennedy, Chavez's fasts, encounters with growers and rival Teamsters. Recent interviews with Chavez family members, Ethyl Kennedy, Roger Cardinal Mahony, Governor Jerry Brown, and current and past UFW leaders round out the history and assessment of Chavez and the Union. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cesar Chavez was one of the great Americans of the Twentieth Century (unless you were a grape grower, of course) and this documentary does great justice to his memory. A terrific assemblage of footage, moving testimony from farmworkers and allies, and the message that much work remains to be done make this the best documentary on American labour since Harlan County USA.


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