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Co-directed and produced by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee

This powerful documentary chronicles the unwavering conviction and personal sacrifice of Cesar Chavez in his decades-long struggle for the humane treatment of U.S. farm workers. At age 61, Chavez embarked on a water-only fast for more than a month, risking his life in pursuit of social and economic justice for farm workers. His work helped to inspire the modern-day Latino civil rights movement. The film includes interviews with Chavez’s brother Richard and his son Paul, Luis Valdez, and Dolores Huerta, among others.

“Cesar’s Last Fast” is a PJIFF invited film. Screening will be followed with commentary by special guests of PJIFF. Screening time will be announced in February.

“I hope this film inspires today’s young leaders and empowers communities by providing an example of a social justice movement that successfully challenged powerful business interests.”

— Richard Ray Perez

  • Opening Date:
    October 1, 2017
  • Regular Deadline:
    December 1, 2017
  • Late Deadline:
    January 1, 2018
  • Extended Deadline:
    January 31, 2018
  • Notification Date:
    February 5, 2018
  • Event dates:
    April 5-8, 2018

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