Taglines: History is made one step at a time.
Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.
In Cesar Chavez, director Diego Luna presents a powerful cinematic portrait of the legendary activist. The film stars Michael Peña (End of Watch, Lionsgate’s Academy Award-winning Crash) in the title role, along with America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, End of Watch), Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Seven Pounds) and John Malkovich (In The Line of Fire, Summit Entertainment’s Red and Red 2).
About Cesar Chavez
From the 1950s through 1993, when he died, Chavez worked as a community organizer and fought for improved working conditions for California farm workers. The Mexican-American co-founded the National Farm Workers Assn., which later became the United Farm Workers union, and campaigned to prevent illegal immigration from undermining unionization efforts.
Chavez’s birthday, March 31, is celebrated as a state holiday in several states, including California and Texas, and he was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1994. In 2006, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger inducted him into the state’s hall of fame.
Directed by: Diego Luna
Starring: Gabriel Mann, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Michael Peña, America Ferrera
Screenplay by: Keir Pearson, Timothy J. Sexton
Production Design by: Ivonne Fuentes, Krystyna Loboda
Cinematography by: Enrique Chediak
Film Editing by: Douglas Crise, Miguel Schverdfinger
Costume Design by: María Estela Fernández
Set Decoration by: Robert Wischhusen-Hayes
Music by: Michael Brook
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and language.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: March 28, 2014