Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez’s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world. Cesar’s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.
About the Directors
Lorena Parlee began working on the film that became Cesar’s Last Fast in 1986 when she volunteered with the United Farm Workers. When Cesar Chavez undertook his water-only fast, Parlee was his press secretary and spokesperson. During this fast, she collected some of the most intimate and powerful footage ever shot of Cesar. Lorena Parlee died on August 18, 2006, after an extended battle with breast cancer. She was 60.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee
Executive Producers: Lyn Lear, Molly O'Brien, Richard Ray Perez
Producers: Richard Ray Perez, Molly O'Brien, Lorena Parlee
Editors: Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, Lewis Erskine, Christopher S. Johnson, Carla Gutierrez
Cinematographers: James Chressanthis, Byron Shah, Stephen McCarthy, Jonathan Schell, Jon Dunham
Composer: Ed Barguiarena
Contact: Richard Ray Perez / Monkey Mind Media, Inc. / firstname.lastname@example.org