Diego Luna Talks CESAR CHAVEZ, the Challenges of Getting the Film Made, Choosing to Focus on One Part of Chavez’s Life, and More

     March 27, 2014


Opening this weekend is director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez.  Starring Michael Peña in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed.  Just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the UFW, America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and John Malkovich as a farm owner.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Diego Luna.  He talked about how the Latino community isn’t properly represented in cinema, the challenge of making Cesar Chavez, how the film has a beautiful message, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Diego Luna:

  • Was it tough to get the financing to make the film?
  • Talks about how the Latino community isn’t properly represented in cinema.
  • How the project focuses on one important time in his life and doesn’t try to tell his whole story.
  • How the film and his story has a beautiful message.

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