The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center at 600 River Street in Austin, Texas, is screening three documentaries on Mexican American Civil Rights in a tribute to César Chávez, a trailblazer in the fight for better pay and working conditions for farm workers.
The documentaries center on humane prison treatment, the impact of music and the fight for agricultural worker’s rights.
The first film is Susanne Mason’s "Writ Writer: One Man’s Journey for Justice," which turns the spotlight on the justice and prison systems. The film will be shown at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Black Box Theater.
The second film is Dan Guerrero’s "Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano," which examines the life of Lalo Guerrero, who is known as the “Father of Chicano Music.” The film includes personal stories by Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Los Lobos, and Edward James Olmos. The screening is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the auditorium.
The third film is about Chavez. Ray Telles and Rick Tejeda-Flores' documentary "The Fight in the Fields" tells Chavez' story as founder of the United Farmworkers of America Union and how his non-violent call for change brought about improved working conditions. The film will be screen at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the auditorium.
The screenings are free.