DOLORES: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.


DOLORES: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.

History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers union.  But missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century.

Like so many powerful female advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were and still are largely overlooked. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. False accusations from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior from a woman who married three times and raised 11 children, pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Still, she remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87.


Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges this incomplete, one-sided history and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Dolores and her contemporaries, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.


The Watsonville Film Festival will host a regional premiere of the documentary film DOLORES and host a Q&A with legendary organizer & activist Dolores Huerta, who will be in attendance on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 7 pm at the Springfield Grange, Watsonville, CA.

Directed by Peter Bratt, the film follows Dolores Huerta, one of the most important activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with César Chávez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chávez, and later become one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87.


Don’t miss this very Special Event at the Springfield Grange in Watsonville, a community space that resembles the organizing halls of the ’60s, taking us back to the roots of the UFW.

Dolores premiered at Sundance Film Festival, has received rave reviews, and will be released in movie theaters across the US in September. This is a one-night only, regional premiere of the documentary. There is limited capacity.

You also have the option to purchase “Farmworker Tickets.” These gifted, sponsorship tickets will ensure that local campesinos and their families can attend the event.