ASHLAND, Ore. – The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) and Kids Unlimited will present an encore screening of the AIFF2017 opening night hit Dolores at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 3 at Kids Unlimited (821 North Riverside Avenue) in Medford. The screening will be followed by a special appearance by legendary activist and the subject of the documentary Dolores Huerta and the film’s director Peter Bratt. Tickets are $12 for the general public, and $6 for students and can be purchased at ashlandfilm.org. “We’re proud to be partnering with Kids Unlimited, a vital educational institution serving Medford’s Latino community, for this special AIFF MEDFORD event,” notes Richard Herskowitz, AIFF’s Artistic and Executive Director. This screening is proudly sponsored by J.B. Steele.
About the film
Everyone knows that Cesar Chavez formed the first U.S. farm workers’ union, but have you ever heard of the union’s co-founder, Dolores Huerta? One of the 20th Century’s most defiant feminists, she fought tirelessly alongside Chavez for racial and labor justice. Like so many powerful women of her era, Dolores and her advocacy have been sidelined and diminished. False accusations (mostly about her personal life) pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Using beautifully woven archival footage and interviews from contemporaries and from Dolores herself, this provocative and energizing documentary sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in American history.
About Ashland Independent Film Festival
The Ashland Independent Film Festival screens 100-plus independent documentary, narrative, animated, and short films at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April. Praised by filmgoers for the intimate access they have to filmmakers, and by filmmakers for the warm and intelligent reception they receive, the Ashland Independent Film Festival was named one of the “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine in 2018. The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each awarded AIFF with rare festival support grants. The 18th annual festival will be held April 11-15, 2019.
About Kids Unlimited
Founded in 1998 by current CEO Tom Cole, Kids Unlimited was created to provide opportunities for empowerment. Through the recognition that many children living in poverty endure hardships that often prevent them from gaining access to opportunity, Kids Unlimited was created. Kids Unlimited was created to provide all children despite their cultural or economic limitations an opportunity to believe in education.