In the 1950's, a working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish a farmer's union, which later develops into a platform for feminism and gender equality.


Peter Bratt


Peter Bratt, Jessica Congdon (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores Huerta ... Self
Martin Luther King ... Self (archive footage)
Luis Valdez Luis Valdez ... Self - Playwright, Filmmaker
Ricardo S. Chavez Ricardo S. Chavez ... Self - Son
Fred Ross Sr. Fred Ross Sr. ... Self
Lori De Leon Lori De Leon ... Self - Daughter
Juana Chavez Juana Chavez ... Self - Daughter
Randy Shaw Randy Shaw ... Self - Author, Organizer
David Roberti David Roberti ... Self - California Senator (archive footage)
Eliseo Medina Eliseo Medina ... Self - Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union
Eloy Martinez Eloy Martinez ... Self - Farmworker
Rick Rivas Rick Rivas ... Self - LGBTQ Activist
Emilio Huerta Emilio Huerta ... Self - Son
Cesar Chavez ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Kircher Bill Kircher ... Self - AFL-CIO


Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice.

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Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.


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Fantastic documentary!!!!
22 April 2018 | by MovieIQTestSee all my reviews

I was deeply moved by this film. What a great woman, Dolores! She showed us a greater and bigger heart than any man in America. She sacrificed her family and children for so many years just concentrated herself in helping the Mexican labors who worked in the field, but were all treated unfairly and poorly by the growers. She said in this film that when she was young, she wanted to be a dancer, she loved music, but for a greater calling, she has become a dancer for life, a dancer against the injustice. Her commitment in the Latino farmers was even greater and stronger than what Chavez did, but America is a typical male chauvinist pig country; her profound disgust against the Republican Party was nothing personal but through what she has seen and experienced from this corporate-rich-people-big-business friendly Party and its Party members, how they've treated her and her Latino people in this country. She was almost beaten to death by a white policeman, with 3 ribs broken by his baton, and resulted her damaged spleen removed. America got a lot of dirty laundries in her short 200+ years history. People other than the whites are still suffering social injustice today. We need more great heroines like Dolores to be the voice of the suppressed and unfairly treated in America. Shame on you, Arizona. Shame on you, Fox Channel. God bless her, and we are forever indebted to her for what she did, making America a better place to live.

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20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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$13,534, 3 September 2017

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