The story spans many years from the 1950s - '90s & the founding of the UFW
NOTE from Casting Director - Heidi Levitt:
"I'm doing a nationwide search for Cesar Chavez and his wife Helen as well as Dolores Huerta.
We want to let particularly Mexican American actors know about this exciting opportunity and of course, we are excited to spread the word in the Latin American acting community at large. We are truly spreading the net as wide as we can to see if perhaps there is an unknown actor or actress who would be perfect for this, but has never had this kind of opportunity.
Please mention in your submission - Referral by: Carlos San Miguel
or mail to:
Cesar Chavez Casting
7201 Melrose Ave Suite 203
LA, Ca 90046
CHAVEZ depicts the struggle of the produce workers in Southern California and their united effort to overcome racial injustice and economic discrimination. Cesar Chavez was a dedicated family man, a devote catholic, and a true humanitarian at heart. Charismatic and genuinely kind, the call to help his fellow man was undeniable. His calling led him to the grape fields of Southern California where working conditions were extremely poor and often hazardous. Chavez soon recognized the need to unite these workers on a vast scale, and soon, with the help of his closest friends, formed the National Farm Workers Association. Despite physical, mental and financial hardships, Chavez continued to garner support from the Hispanic community.
With perseverance, tenacity and a union with over fifty thousand strong, Chavez effectively implemented a series of nationwide strikes and boycotts on California produce. These strikes eventually enabled Chavez's organization to renegotiate contracts with the Growers and insured workers' rights and wages for years to come. His achievements and accomplishments exemplify that of a hero, but his peaceful methods and absolute integrity render him nothing less than a legend.
films in USA & Mexico in Spring 2012
Director / Producer: Diego Luna
Producer: Gael Garcia Bernal
Written by: Kier Pearson