Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
Cesar's Last Fast
The last temptation of Cesar Chavez, tireless crusader against a farm labor system that treats its workers like dirt, as presented through rare documentary footage and the partisan eyes of friends and family members. In July of 1988, the then 65-year-old head of United Farm Workers Union embarked on a 36-day water-only hunger strike to pay personal penance for not fighting hard enough to protest against “cancer clusters” among children that came up due to the use of pesticides. The biographical material cuts together smoothly, but was there really a need for a 16mm camera in the hospital room to capture every minute of the suffering for future playback? Director Richard Ray Perez plays it safe and sticks to printing the legend. 2014.