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College Hosting Screening of PBS Documentary, Dolores, on March 6

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Recently shown in selected theaters across the country, a remarkable film, Dolores, chronicles one of the greatest civil rights leaders in U.S. history. The PBS documentary covers the life of Dolores Huerta, the legendary co-founder with César Chávez of the National Farm Workers Association that later became known as the United Farm Workers of America.

Del Mar College’s (DMC) Mexican-American Studies Program and Social Sciences Department will host a free screening of the 97-minute documentary on Tuesday, March 6, as part of Women’s History Month.

The screening begins at 6 p.m. in Room 514 of White Library on the DMC East Campus located on Naples off Kosar at Staples. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

This event will be emceed by KRIS Six News Happening Now anchor Tessa Barrera,

After the screening, attendees can hear a panel discussion featuring DMC faculty Dawson Barrett, Ph.D. and assistant professor of history, and Gerald Betty, Ph.D. and associate professor of history, along with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Isabel Araiza, Ph.D. and associate professor of sociology and Mexican-American Studies Program Coordinator, and Yolanda Godsey, Ph.D. and adjunct professor of Spanish and Mexican-American Studies. DMC political science professor Elizabeth N. Flores will moderate the discussion.

For more information about the Dolores screening, call 698-1218 or email eflores@delmar.edu.

With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of 11 children, Dolores was directed by Peter Bratt and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Huerta and her contemporaries, the documentary sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in our country’s modern history.

Released in September 2017, Dolores has received several awards, including:

  • Official Selection for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival for Best Documentary,
  • Audience Awards for Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Documentary Feature at the Montclair Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the Houston Latino Film Festival,
  • Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival,
  • Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award at the Nashville Film Festival,
  • Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and
  • Critics’ Choice Documentary Award for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

In October 2015, Huerta served as a guest speaker at Del Mar College as part of the two-day Coastal Bend Social Forum that focuses on key civil issues and held every other year. She continues her efforts in activism through her organization, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and as an advocate in areas such as women’s rights, reproductive freedom and gay rights. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor most recently made her an inductee, and Huerta is the first Latina to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


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