Cesar’s Last Fast – World Premiere – 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Cesar breaks his fast_RobinBecker

Cesar Chavez breaks his 36 day fast with Ethel Kennedy, his mother Juana Estrada Chavez and Rev. Jesse Jackson, August 21, 1988

Cesar’s Last Fast – World Premiere – 2014 Sundance Film Festival – U.S. Feature Documentary Competition
January 19, 2014 – 3:00 PM – Temple Theater, Park City

In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his Fast for Life, a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities.
Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, director Richard Ray Perez weaves together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez’s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world.
Cesar’s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.

I was very fortunate to have filmed Cesar Chavez during his 36 day fast. My wife Robin was with me and recorded sound. She also shot the remarkable still photo below of the moment that Cesar broke his fast, taking holy communion with Ethel Kennedy, his mother and Jesse Jackson while I filmed the culmination of his astonishing act of sacrifice. The lessons that Cesar taught us are even more relevant today given the plight of low wage workers everywhere and the threat to the environment, our air, our water, our food.

Robin Becker and James Chressanthis, 1988, Delano, California the day Cesar Chavez broke his 36 day fast

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