WEATHER »
Workers' rights activist and Chicano Movement icon Dolores Huerta is the subject of a new documentary.

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Workers' rights activist and Chicano Movement icon Dolores Huerta is the subject of a new documentary.


‘Dolores’

Reviewed: Documentary About the United Farm Workers Revolution


An engaging and informative documentary about the United Farm Workers’ “revolution” and saga, writer/director Peter Bratt’s Dolores could be viewed as a companion piece to the docs (and a feature) chronicling labor hero César Chávez, drawing on a lot of the same footage and timeline. The key, empowering difference: Dolores gives valuable, equal time to Dolores Huerta, an undeservedly lesser-known but vitally important figure in the farmworker struggle and grape boycott who happens to be a woman. Through contemporary interviews — with the subject, Luis Valdez, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Huerta’s articulate children, and others — mixed with archival footage and stills (including of RFK’s historic visit to and support of the Delano, California–based strike), Dolores addresses a great American story of a woman who put the “her” in heroism. A modern sting for these Trumped times also sneaks into the picture. Huerta says: “We always say, ‘We didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us.’”

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Cruces Fire Update

Thursday morning report from County Fire expects full containment by this evening.

Young and Poor in Santa Barbara

Teens gathered for annual summit on safety and wellness.

County Redistricting Measures Head to Ballot

Voters will decide on a commission to change supervisor district boundaries.

Lompoc Approves Cannabis Lounge

City location allows on-site consumption.

Police Dog Subdues Domestic Disturber

Carpinteria argument resolved with help of K9.