“Dolores” film about activist Dolores Huerta coming to the Loft



STARTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Meet Dolores Huerta in person at a post-film Q&A on Monday, October 9 at 7:30pm! Regular admission prices.  UPDATE: SOLD OUT!

“Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in the fight for racial, class and gender equality in American history. She was an equal partner co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own fiery dedication and relentless work ethic were constantly under attack.

False accusations from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior from a woman who married three times and raised 11 children, pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Still, she remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87. Director Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice and sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history. Winner of Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis Film Festivals. (Dir. by Peter Bratt, 2017, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated)”


And “Cesar Chavez” film about the legendary Chavez coming to the Border Fence at Nogales on Oct. 19. See our Calendar listing for information.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Finally saw this documentary, been at the Loft Theater for 3 weeks, leaving on Thursday. Powerful movie about rise of Dolores Huerta in the United Farm Workers movement, along with Cesar Chavez from the 1960’s until his death in 1993. Tucsonans CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and ethnic studies teacher Curtis Acosta are interviewed, along with others who know Dolores. She had 11 children along this journey, divorced 2 men, had a relationship with Cesar’s brother Richard Chavez. Interesting to note that she coined the phrase “Si se puede” (Yes we can, used by Pres. Barack Obama in his campaign). She now at age 87 still is fighting for social justice through her foundation.

    To check for final showings this week, go to http://www.loftcinema.org.

  2. “Dolores” special showing on Oct. 9 has sold out, but you can still see it between Oct. 6 and 12, with showings 3 to 5 times a day. It may stay on longer depending on popularity.

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