“Dolores,” the new documentary about the life and work of longtime labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, will open at the Loft Cinema for a one-week run beginning Friday, Oct. 6.
Huerta will appear at the Loft for a Q&A session Oct. 9, but that screening is sold out, according to Jeff Yanc of the Loft Cinema.
Tucsonans can seek the 95-minute film directed by Peter Bratt (“La Mission,” 2009) and produced by musician Carlos Santana. The documentary chronicles Huerta’s activism from the California farm fields, where she and César Chávez co-founded the United Farmworkers Union in 1962, to her subsequent efforts in support of labor, women in politics and environmental protection.
“In this consolidated, never-before-seen collection of personal memories, historical documentation and compelling first-person narrative, Dolores Huerta emerges as more than just a footnote to 20th century America — she proves to be a true American hero,” said Bratt in a press release.
Huerta’s role with the UFW in the 1960s and 1970s coincided with the rise of the Chicano rights movement in the urban cities of the Southwest.
Founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was bestowed on her by President Obama in 2012.
“Dolores” earned Winner of Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis film festivals.