Cesar Chavez

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The movie, “Cesar Chavez,” places the audience in the middle of an epic civil rights struggle in America: the 1965-1970 Delano Strike and Grape Boycott.

The movie, “Cesar Chavez,” places the audience in the middle of an epic civil rights struggle in America: the 1965-1970 Delano Strike and Grape Boycott. The struggle begins when Cesar Chavez sees firsthand the inhumane treatment of farm workers and goes on a mission to change it. During the struggle, Chavez tests the boundaries of just how much one man can sacrifice for his beliefs.

 

Based on the true life story of this well known Latino leader, the movie attempts to capture the personal sacrifices of Chavez as well as show his struggle to unite farm workers to rise up against injustice. When Chavez’s first major step to organize the farm workers fails, Chavez moves his entire family to Delano, California. This move marks the beginning of the many personal sacrifices Chavez and his family make. The biggest personal sacrifice is shown through Chavez’s difficult relationship with his oldest son. Throughout his entire struggle to organize farm workers to strike and to encourage customers to boycott farmers’ grapes, Chavez teaches his followers that violence is not an option. When his followers start becoming more aggressive, he sacrifices his own health when he decides to fast until they pledge to use non-violent methods of protesting.

 

This movie is definitely for the history buffs. Although anyone can enjoy it, people who love history will appreciate the actual news footage of President Nixon, Bobby Kennedy, and images from the actual protests. The PG-13 rating is appropriate. The movie doesn’t have much violence or bloodshed, but younger kids might not fully understand the complexity of the events. I recommend the movie to adults and older kids because it makes you think about how far you would go for something you believe in.