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  Rated NR · 96 minutes · 2017

Director Peter Bratt’s documentary profile of activist and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta finds the now-87-year-old still in perpetual motion at a series of speeches and other public appearances, to the beat of pulsing music. The movie effectively captures the non-stop forward momentum of her life, including a role at the side of Cesar Chávez working for agricultural laborers’ rights despite never being enshrined in the same way as a civil rights leader. Bratt avoids mere hagiography in trying to rectify that injustice, recognizing the impact of her action on her 11 children, many of whom were separated from her for long stretches of time. While it’s impossible to avoid the inherent drawbacks of docs heavy on talking heads and archival footage, Dolores also digs into some little-explored areas of 1960s activist intersectionality, as Huerta saw her own efforts for Latino Americans overlap—and sometimes clash—with African-American civil rights, feminism and environmentalism. It’s hard not to wish we could have heard a bit more from Huerta in the present, reflecting on her life, except that it also seems clear she’s never really interested in looking behind her.


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Director: Peter Bratt
Writer: Peter Bratt and Jessica Congdon
Producer: Peter Bratt, Brian Benson and Carlos Santana
Cast: Dolores Huerta

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