Dolores: Movies That Matter Mondays

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Join us at the Underground Cinema by WVIFF for September's Movie That Matter Mondays film: Dolores

About the film:

Dolores is a 2017 documentary film about Dolores Huerta, directed by Peter Bratt. 95 minutes.


Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt. 

About the series:

NEW! WVIFF Underground Cinema Presents: Movies That Matter Mondays - Each month, we will work with a community organization to show an issue-oriented and compelling film relating to their mission. At the first screening of the film, the community organization will participate in a discussion with the audience. The film will show for the rest of the month on Mondays.

About the community partners:

For our first month, we are doing a different collaboration from the rest of this series. West Virginia International Film Festival Board President, Emmett Pepper, and his wife Emma, are sponsoring Dolores in honor of Emma's mother, Sandy Fisher, who recently passed away. Sandy was a lifelong activist and feminist, working with unions and for many other progressive causes. Her obituary can be read here. The story of Dolores Huerta is the story of Sandy and many women who work for a better world, but who do not necessarily seek or receive the recognition they deserve.

What the Critics are saying:

“exuberantly inspiring… makes you want to march and dance.” — David Talbot, San Francisco Chronicle

“a documentary of exceptional storytelling power.” — Joanne Butcher, CineSource

“energetic, engaging” — Dennis Harvey, Variety


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Underground Cinema 230 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301