Throughout the year, different organizations and groups at UCI host advanced screenings of movies. They’ve had screenings for Don Jon, Pitch Perfect, and Ride Along … among others. Recently, I was lucky to attend a special advanced screening of Cesar Chavez. It’s a movie based on Cesar Chavez’s role in the United Farm Workers movement and will be released in theaters on March 28th. This event was put together by Canana, the UCI Cross-Cultural Center in association with the Office of Campus Organizations. The organizers really wanted to host as many guests as possible for this screening so we were able to watch the movie at the University Town Center Edwards Cinema which is right across the street from the campus.
Screenplay Writer Timothy J. Sexton (left), Director Diego Luna (center) and Producer Pablo Cruz (right).
I won’t talk about the movie, because as tempted as I am, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. The best part was that screenplay writer Timothy J. Sexton, Director Diego Luna and Producer Pablo Cruz were able to come and host a Q&A session with the audience. It was really interesting to hear about all the work and thought that goes into the production of the movie and the importance that the Chavez family played in the portrayal of Cesar Chavez’s life. I really liked that Pablo Luna was very conscious about what it meant to make a movie about Cesar Chavez and the importance of recognizing that movies like these are not often made and that’s because it questions everyday live in many aspects. Unfortunately I was not able to take a picture with Diego Luna, but I’m happy my friend got hers :)
My friend, Diana, with Diego Luna.