English and Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, 100 minutes, color & b/w, U.S.A.
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his “Fast for Life,” a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities.
Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez’s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world. Cesar’s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.
Directors: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee
Executive Producers: Lyn Lear, Molly O'Brien, Richard Ray Perez
Producers: Richard Ray Perez, Molly O'Brien, Lorena Parlee
Editors: Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, Lewis Erskine, Christopher S. Johnson, Carla Gutierrez
Cinematographers: James Chressanthis, Byron Shah, Stephen McCarthy, Jonathan Schell, Jon Dunham
Composer: Ed Barguiarena
Principal Cast: Array