Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cesar's Last Fast: Film Documents How the Lack of Progress on Pesticides Sparked His Last Fast
I just saw this fine new documentary film Cesar's Last Fast Monday night at the SF Film Festival - a valuable contribution to California and U.S. agricultural history.
The film was a wake up call to Chavez's recognition of the dangers of pesticides in his time - a piece of history that is in danger of being lost and known only to UFW members. This film restores it to the public sphere.
A classroom teaching guide was also created for educators - helping to continue the teaching of this important chapter of California life.
If you're interested in learning more about Chavez, Miriam Pawel's fine biography, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, is an excellent place to start.
Find out how to see the film on the film's official web site here.
And if you want to read more about Cesar and Gallo, you can read Chavez's speech to Gallo (after the giant winery tried to break the UFW by making deals with the Teamsters) here.
Here's the trailer: