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‘Dolores’

Reviewed: Documentary About the United Farm Workers Revolution

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

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.’”

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