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Friday, Mar 28 2014 07:13 PM

Strong showing at 'Cesar Chavez' screening

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Paul Chavez, son of UFW leader Cesar Chavez, right, greets director Diego Luna at the outdoor screening of his film "Cesar Chavez" Tuesday at "Forty Acres" west of Delano.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    About one hour into the outdoor screening of the film "Cesar Chavez" west of Delano at "Forty Acres" Tuesday, high winds caught by the inflatable screen brought out men to pull cables to help stabilize the screen. With wind velocity increasing and rain threatening, it was decided to end the screening early.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    "Cesar Chavez" director Diego Luna speaks to an audience of about 1,000 mostly farm workers gathered at "Forty Acres," where the UFW ran strikes and Chavez fasted in the 1960s west of Delano, for the screening of the film "Cesar Chavez."

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    "Cesar Chavez" director Diego Luna speaks to an audience of about 1,000 mostly farm workers gathered at "Forty Acres," where the UFW ran strikes and Chavez fasted in the 1960s west of Delano, for the screening of "Cesar Chavez," a film about the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Maria Martinez participated with her father in the United Farm Workers Union in the 1960s. She also participated in boycotts in Canada for the UFW. Tuesday night she was at "Forty Acres," the site of numerous UFW campaigns for the screening of "Cesar Chavez," a film about the UFW leader and the farm worker movement.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Even though the screening of the film "Cesar Chavez" ended early, Ruth Martinez sang old United Farm Workers Union songs as she left "Forty Acres," the site of many UFW campaigns. She was involved with the UFW in 1968 and she says she was encouraged by Chavez and became a nurse.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Director Diego Luna shakes hands with some of about 1,000 guests of mostly farm workers at the screening of the film "Cesar Chavez" west of Delano at "Forty Acres" Tuesday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Children play before the screening of "Cesar Chavez" at "Forty Acres," where the UFW ran strikes and Chavez fasted in the 1960s west of Delano.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Pete Santiago from Delano remembers going out with his parents to "Forty Acres" as they participated in UFW Union activities. He was there Tuesday for the screening of the film "Cesar Chavez."

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    People wave UFW flags prior to the screening of the film "Cesar Chavez" west of Delano at "Forty Acres" Tuesday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    From left, Ruth Martinez, Josefina Flores and Carolina Holgin bundle up and wait in anticipation at "Forty Acres" west of Delano for the premier screening of the film "Cesar Chavez" about the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union. The women were involved with the UFW during the 1960s. About 1,000 others, mostly farm workers, the UFW stated, were invited for the screening.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

More than 1,000 farmworkers turned out Tuesday night for a Delano screening of "Cesar Chavez," a new film by Mexican actor-director Diego Luna about the late civil rights leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.

Featuring free food and beer, the screening at UFW's longtime meeting property, Forty Acres, drew workers from around the Central Valley and Southern California.

Some of those in attendance had been union activists who marched with Chavez in the 1960s, though others were largely unfamiliar with the UFW. Some had grown up within the union and were looking forward to seeing how well the movie portrayed its early struggles.

But none got to see the film's ending Tuesday. The movie started at 8 p.m., and by about 8:30, heavy winds warped the view on the blow-up outdoor screen. Shortly after 9, rainfall began to fall on the audience and the projector was shut down.

The oldest UFW activists, sitting front and center, were among the very last to leave. Some calmly walked away, arm in arm, singing in Spanish, "We Shall Not Be Moved."

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