'Cesar Chavez' Chronicles the Life of the Civil Rights Activist

Stars Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, and director Diego Luna discuss their inspiration for the film.
3:00 | 03/28/14

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? I just came ? "Cesar Chavez" is the first ever movie chronicling the life and times of civil rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez and ordinary family man who embraced nonviolence and dignity for all workers and in so doing helped to inspire the birth of a grassroots American movement for social justice. We are honored to be joined by two of the movie's stars. America Ferrera and the director Diego Luna and welcome to all of you. First of all, congratulations on the audience award. Yes. You know, growing up in southern California, a kid, we do hear a lot about this man but what inspired you to tell his story the way you diddy. Well, I thought it was a beautiful message that was sent to this country, a message of nonviolence and change being in the hands of people, you know. It's an excuse to tell the story of not just Cesar but everyone around him in the movement. All those families that went through so much sacrifice and struggle to bring attention to a forgotten community in this country, you know, I think it's a universal story that can inspire young people all around them and in this country, everyone should know it's part of American history. It was certainly uniquely American movement and in a very turbulent time. Rosario, you played Dolores who co-founded the national farm workers association with him. As an agent for change, what he like as an organizer, as somebody who I think seemed to understand that this was much more -- this was about more more than just himself? I think actually it was fun playing Dolores because I think I'm a loud new Yorker and she was known for being in there and jump in to do contracts and forthright and I think that's one of the reasons she became such a big name in the movement because he was the exact opposite. He was quiet and would sit in meetings and people wouldn't know he would be there before three hours he would say I'm Cesar Chavez and this is what I'd like to contribute to the conversation. That wasn't his thing. He really liked organizing people. The spirit of Cesar, was it influenced in the making of the film? What was the set like every day? I wonder when you're making something that is this important, you hope it entertains but also educates but it's an important thing. Did you feel it every day making the film? We felt quite a lot. I think so, absolutely, I mean, you know, we were making this film with the family, you know, Diego spent a lot of time with Paul Chavez and some of their other eight children and Helen is still alive and spent time with her so when telling a story about people's lives there's certainly that responsibility of, you know, we're a part of history. Thank you so much for making this film. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you. "Cesar Chavez" and it hits theaters today.

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