Diego Luna, America Ferrera Discuss 'César Chávez' In Washington

Diego Luna, America Ferrara, Cesar Chavez
Diego Luna and America Ferrara at screening of "Cesar Chavez." Kris Connor

Diego Luna and America Ferrera have taken part in an historic discussion on the life of civil rights leader César Chávez in the lead up the release of Luna's upcoming biopic "César Chávez." Hosted by the Congressional Hispanc Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), the discussion preceded an exclusive screening of the film which will be  released in theaters on March 28. The talk featured several prominent entertainers and political figures who discussed the legacy and historical significance of César Chávez.

Held in Washington, the historic discussion also highlighted the campaign to have President Obama declare a National Day of Service in honor of César Chávez and commemorated the foundation of the UFW more than 50 years ago. The event was attended by not only "César Chávez" star America Ferrera and Diego Luna but also prominent political figures such as the Hon. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Chair, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Hon. Thomas Perez, Secretary of Labor, Paul F. Chavez, President & Chairman, César Chávez Foundation.

Directed by Diego Luna, "César Chávez" tells the story of labor leader Chávez who cofounded the United Farm Workers. The film stars Michael Peña as Chávez as well as John Malkovich, America Ferrara and Rosario Dawson. John Malkovich plays the owner of an industrial grape farm who leads the opposition to Chávez' campaign.  The film is scheduled to have its premiere in the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.