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Dolores

The life and achievements of little-known but indomitable civil rights activist Dolores Huerta are celebrated in Peter Bratt’s inspiring and intimate documentary.

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Dir Peter Bratt
Prod Brian Benson, Peter Bratt, Carlos Santana
Scr Peter Bratt, Jessica Congdon
USA
2016
96min
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Who is Dolores Huerta? Possibly the most important American activist you’ve never heard of. Until now, that is, thanks to Peter Bratt’s energetic and engaging documentary. Alongside better-known activist César Chavez, Dolores founded and led the first farm workers’ union, completely transforming the US labour scene. But like so many strong women who dare to challenge the establishment, she was attacked on grounds of her gender and ethnicity. Even as she worked tirelessly to empower a generation of immigrant workers to stand up for their rights, she was undermined and side-lined by unfair and untrue allegations regarding her private life and personal conduct as a Latina woman, wife and mother. Impressively blending a wealth of archive footage and interviews with Dolores and her contemporaries, Bratt sets the record straight, defining her place, and recording her remarkable achievements, within the context of the civil rights movement in America.

Christine Bardsley

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