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CSUB to host first central valley screening of Sundance-honored Cesar Chavez documentary

Richard Ray Perez    October 9, 2014 - CSU Bakersfield Programming and the Cesar Chavez Foundation are proud to host the first screening in the central valley of the Sundance Film Festival honored documentary Cesar's Last Fast and welcome film director Richard Ray Perez. The event will take place Thursday, October 9 with a VIP reception at 5pm in the Stockdale Room and the film screening at 6pm in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. A panel discussion will follow with Perez, Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul Chavez, CSUB history professor Alicia Rodriquez, and CSUB student Mercedes Macias. Andres Chavez, CSUB student and grandson of Cesar Chavez, will moderate the discussion.

Perez's documentary, which was shot in Delano and is presently available on NetFlix, uses Chavez's last and longest water-only public fast of 36 days in 1988, over the pesticide poisoning of farm workers and their children to examine his entire life and his spirituality that inspired millions of Americans. Drawing on never-before-seen film footage from his 1988 fast and interviews with key participants, Perez dramatically depicts the personal suffering Chavez endured during his ordeal. A largely untold chapter in the history of American civil rights, this is the story of a man who totally dedicated his life to nonviolently battling on behalf of the most vulnerable workers. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah in January.

Perez, who both directed and helped produce Cesar's Last Fast, will be available for press interviews during the VIP reception and after the film screening.  The event is part of CSUB's celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. The screening and panel discussion are free with free limited parking in Lot L.

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