Free screening of “Dolores” documentary on union leader

  • Sat Jan 13th, 2018 10:32am
  • Life

Submitted by Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor Film Festival, San Juan Island School District, and the San Juan Community Theatre

“Dolores,” the autobiographical documentary of Dolores Huerta, will be screened at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29 at the San Juan Community Theatre. The film is directed by Peter Bratt and produced by Carlos Santana. This is a free community event, with limited seating available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Huerta. In addition to the free community screening, there will be a private screening for Friday Harbor and Griffin Bay High School students at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29.

Huerta was an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, and a life-long advocate for the rights of others. Huerta is among one of the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez. Her contributions have gone largely unrecognized, until recently. In 2012, President Barack Obama bestowed Dolores with her most prestigious award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award in the United States. Upon receiving this award Huerta said, “The freedom of association means that people can come together in organization to fight for solutions to the problems they confront in their communities.” At the age of 87, she continues to advocate for social justice and human rights to this day. The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a grass-roots community organization dedicated to creating networks of healthy, organized communities pursuing social justice. The DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy. For more information about the DHF, visit doloreshuerta.org.

Mayor Farhad Ghatan and the Town of Friday Harbor will issue a proclamation designating Jan. 29, 2018 as “Dolores Huerta Day,” to coincide with Huerta’s visit to Friday Harbor.

The organizing committee also gives special thanks to sponsors Kenmore Air and San Juan Inn Island Collection for underwriting a portion of the travel expenses for Huerta.

Review the trailer of “Dolores” at www.doloresthemovie.com.