Directed by Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee
100 min / USA / 2013
English and Spanish with English subtitles
**Post film panel with Dale Cox (President, Utah AFL-CIO), Archie Archuleta (Educator, Chicano activist and President of Utah Coalition of la Raza), and Gonzalo Palza (CEO of Head Start and Director Centro de la Familia). Moderated by Representative Angela Romero
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his “Fast for Life,” a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities.
Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez’s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world. Cesar’s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.
– S.S. [From the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Online Film Guide]