Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Exhilarating!" What Critics are Saying about DOLORES, Opening 10/6 at the AFS Cinema


It's so rare to find a documentary that enfolds you in the sweep of monumental historic events, presents a hero whose accomplishments shine a light for future generations, and does it with such good humor and rousing execution.

DOLORES, the extraordinary new doc about the legendary activist Dolores Huerta, does all these things. You will be on the edge of your seat as you hear about the sometimes bitter struggles of farm-workers to secure their basic human rights. Your heart will swell with admiration as the diminutive Huerta stands tall and delivers the truth to power even in the face of beatings and recrimination. And, if you're smart, you'll listen closely to the important lessons this extraordinary woman, now 87 years of age and still going strong, has to share.

The film, directed by Peter Bratt, features interviews with Dolores Huerta and the people who know her best and the archival footage restored and uncovered for the film is utterly fascinating.

Tickets for the AFS Cinema's run of DOLORES at the AFS Cinema, starting October 6, are on sale now.

Check out what the critics have to say about DOLORES, currently boasting a 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes:

David Talbot of the San Francisco Chronicle says: “DOLORES delivers the inspirational jolt we need”

Dennis Harvey of Variety says: “DOLORES crams a great deal of information, themes, and diverse archival materials into a sharp, cogent whole, tied together by latter-day interviews with Huerta, family members, and esteemed colleagues/supporters"

Duane Byrge from the Hollywood Reporter writes: “Mixing historical footage and interviews with her family and pertinent social activists of ‘the day,’ director Peter Bratt distills the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers' rights but to the expanding role of women at that time.”

And in the Washington Post, Lora Grady says: "DOLORES is a fascinating corrective to 50-plus years of American history. It's educational, to be sure, but also exhilarating, inspiring and deeply emotional.

Watch the trailer here:

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