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Diego Luna Screens “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero” At White House


Diego Luna was on hand at a special screening of his new biopic Cesar Chavez: An American Hero at the White House. The film tells the tale of the legendary labor rights advocate that organized Latino agricultural workers in the Southwest for better treatment by their employers. America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson, who are also in the film, were present at the screening too. The film has already garnered a lot of positive reviews and won an audience award at SXWS. President Obama was on hand to say a few words about Cesar Chavez. He said,

“Cesar himself said that he spent his first 20 years working as an organizer without a single major victory. But he never gave up. He kept on going, and the world is a better place because he did. And that’s one of the great lessons of his life. You don’t give up the fight no matter how long it takes. No matter how long the odds, you keep going, fueled by a simple creed — sí, se puede.”

President Obama has come under criticism during his term as president for ordering the most deportations in history. Four million undocumented workers have been sent back under his term of office. The president did try and help the children of undocumented workers with the controversial DREAM act. All in all his record dealing with these issues is at best a mixed bag. We live in a world where less people are even aware of who Cesar Chavez was. During SXSW Diego Luna went to Cesar Chavez street and conducted on the scene interviews with people asking them what Cesar Chavez did. Many had no idea. Perhaps this film can teach people about the extraordinary man and the values he fought to uphold.

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