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Cesar Chavez (2014/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: A- Extras: C Film: B-

Cesar Chavez, a leader, pacifist, and revolutionary. Based on a true story on how he spoke out against Southern California farmers about social injustice and discrimination towards the farm workers of California. This new dramatic motion picture portrays how he lead and organized a peaceful protest, sit in and boycott against the farmers who paid substandard wages, no breaks, bathroom or even benefits. Diego Luna's film Cesar Chavez (2014) tries to tell this story, if not totally successful in the process.

Chavez (Michael Pena) grew up working for white Southern American farmers, and spoke out against their treatment to the workers who worked their fields. Cattle was treated better, whole families are forced to work, children unable to get an education. While the law was to arrest anyone committing violence they turned a blind eye to acts of violence, intimidation, even murder caused by the farmers. Chavez brought awareness to the world leading a peaceful protest, strike and boycott against those in power. Even when the US government promised aid to the farmers to sell overseas, Chavez continued his boycott and even fasted until change came.

Cesar Chavez was like a Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi rolled into one. If it wasn't for this film I wouldn't have even of known of him; it is amazing how American schools can teach history about it's own freedom and revolution but somehow ignore it's own oppression, ignorance, and discrimination towards other people and races. How human rights and fair treatment applied only to white Americans in the past? The question people now must ask themselves is ...has America changed much since then? America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Wes Bentley, Gabriel Mann and Julian Sands also star.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is a bit lacking and is an HD shoot, but the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix is very well recorded and helps make up for the image's shortcomings as you watch. Extras include a Making of Cesar Chavez featurette and digital download.

- Ricky Chiang


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