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2017, Peter Bratt, USA, 98 min.
“Energetic, engaging…sharp, cogent.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Distills the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers’ rights but to the expanding role of women.” — Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
The Tuesday, September 26 screening of DOLORES at 8:15 PM is now SOLD OUT!
The tumultuous life and groundbreaking work of Dolores Huerta, termed one of the most important yet least known activists in American history, are chronicled in this documentary that provides a compelling glimpse of history in the making. Co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the nation’s first farm workers’ union, and strategist of the 1965 California grape boycott, the 87-year-old Huerta is seen as a tireless lifelong champion of social justice for Latinos, migrant workers, immigrants, and women. Risking physical danger, weathering constant attacks on her character and fierce opposition from politicians including Nixon and Reagan, she becomes the soul of the farm workers' movement, its unsung hero, and its frequently unrecognized driving force. Director Bratt, who has personal connections to the movement, reveals a complete picture of this complex woman, from high-profile alliances with figures including Coretta Scott King, Robert Kennedy, Angela Davis, and Gloria Steinem, to her conflicted relationship with her eleven children. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:45 PM: This screening is a Movie Club facilitated by Analía Rodríguez, Executive Director, Latino Union of Chicago.
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
Vor der Morgenröte
2016, Maria Schrader, Austria/Germany, 106 min. With Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa.
"This is Hader’s movie. His is one of the great performances of recent years." — Ali Arikan, Village Voice
"Maria Schrader's boldly understated look at a great, forgotten 20th-century writer is one impressive achievement, all the more admirable for its understated subtlety." — David Noh, Film Journal International
The exile years of Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Hader), leading up to his suicide with his second wife Lotte (Aenne Schwarz) in Brazil in 1942, are chronicled in six symbolic segments illustrating a crisis of conscience that never abated. Abandoning his beloved Austria in 1934, at the height of his worldwide fame, Zweig is seen fomenting controversy among fellow writers for declining to denounce the Hitler regime, even as he establishes a new life in the safety of Latin America, a continent he comes to love. Zweig’s ex-wife and confidante (Sukowa) takes a pivotal role in deepening the burden of pain, when others look to her as an intermediary to secure his help. In German, English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Wednesday, July 26: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Sara Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at UIC.