Being a Californian for nearly 15 years, I’m a little ashamed that I don’t really know that much about Cesar Chavez, even though his name is all over LA streets and buildings. Maybe I can change that when the planned biopic of the United Farm Workers union founder comes to screens. Screenwriter Keir Pearson and Larry Meli have optioned life rights
to make a biopic about [him].
From the 1950s through 1993, when he died, Chavez worked as a
community organizer and fought for improved working conditions for
California farm workers. The Mexican-American co-founded the
National Farm Workers Assn., which later became the United Farm
Workers union, and campaigned to prevent illegal immigration from
undermining unionization efforts.
Pearson has an Oscar nomination under his belt for penning Hotel Rwanda, so he can definitely give Chavez’ story the gravity that it deserves. He also has a biopic of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente in the works.
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