What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cesar Chavez is based on the life of the famed civil rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez , who started working in the fields at 11 and grew up watching the injustices inflicted on farm laborers. Expect some scenes of intense, realistic violence (e.g. characters are beaten with rifles) as farmers and police attack groups of unarmed protesters. Occasional language is strong and includes several uses of "f--k," and "s--t." Though the movie isn't a winner, the characters of Chavez and his partner Dolores Huerta make for outstanding role models who have inspired folks to fight for social justice using nonviolent means.
  • Families can talk about the farm-labor movement. What did you know about this issue before watching the movie? What did you learn? What do you think about the conditions of the workers? How did they manage to change the industry?
  • Are you shocked by the violence Chavez and the other protesters endure? How realistic is the depiction of violence? Would the movie have the same impact without the violence?
  • How do Chavez's efforts to lead a social movement affect his family life? What's the ultimate message of the movie?
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