Monday, April 28, 2014
This episode of NPR's Alt.Latino focuses on Cesar Chavez, the recent biopic about the civil-rights activist and labor leader and the movement to unionize farm workers. The film has been credited as an example of a Latino filmmaker telling the kinds of stories often ignored by mainstream cinema. It's also been taken to task for glossing over the contributions of Filipino organizers to the creation of the United Farm Workers union, while also minimizing Dolores Huerta's role in the movement during the time depicted in the film. Gustavo Arellano, author of the column Ask A Mexican, and film critic Anne Hoyt discuss the conflicting views that the film has generated since its March release.