Dolores

USA | 2017 | 95 minutes | Peter Bratt

Dolores Huerta fought tirelessly alongside Cesar Chavez for racial and labor justice and is among the most important activists in American history, yet she remains little-known. Dolores gives this enigmatic, intensely private, and defiant feminist the spotlight she deserves.

An "energetic, engaging documentary"Dennis Harvey, Variety

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Director Peter Bratt follows the life of civil-rights icon Dolores Huerta in this documentary, constructed significantly from archival footage from the 1960s and 1970s. This character study on the “most vocal activist no one has ever heard of” follows Huerta as she rejected the standard 1950s-housewife role and put her life on display to drive home the fight for racial, class, and gender equality. While Cesar Chavez is often thought to be the mastermind behind the Agricultural Workers Associations (later known as the United Farm Workers), Huerta was in fact the instigator. She was eventually pushed to defend her rights as a woman when she was subsequently forced to leave the union she helped establish. Juggling her responsibilities as a mother of 11, she was a key leader in the 1965 Delano Grape Strike, which compelled 17 million Americans to boycott grapes to bring attention to the plight of farm workers. Dolores Huerta lived her life overshadowed by men, but is now celebrated as a role model in feminism and the fight for equality.

Director Biography

The brother of actor Benjamin Bratt, Peter Bratt has created a name for himself as a writer and director. His works include Follow Me Home (1996) and La Mission (2009). The documentary Dolores is his third credit as director.

Sponsored by KCTS Television, IATSE Local 488

  • Director: Peter Bratt
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Brian Benson
  • Screenplay: Peter Bratt, Jessica Congdon
  • Cinematographers: Jesse Dana
  • Editors: Jessica Congdon
  • Music: Mark Killian
  • Filmography: La Mission (2009); Follow Me Home (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: PBS
  • International Sales: ro*co films