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DOLORES free screening and discussion with director Peter Bratt!

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Join KCTS 9 for a free community screening* of the new PBS documentary DOLORES followed by a discussion with the film's director Peter Bratt and founding member of The Latino Association and the Yakima Valley Farmworkers health centers, Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney. Panel to be moderated by Enrique Cerna.

Where: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle WA 98144

When: Thursday, March 15th.

Program: Doors @ 5:45 PM, Screening @ 6:30 PM followed by a discussion with Peter Bratt and Dolores Guitierrez Kenney.

About the Film: With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

While there is street parking in the viscinity of El Centro, we encourage attendees to take public transportation whenever possible, specifically the light rail as it stops directly across the street from El Centro at the Beacon Hill stop.

*Please note that this event is a 60 minute preview screening of the film only, not the full feature length

About the Panelists: 

Peter Bratt is an award winning screenwriter and independent filmmaker whose first feature Follow Me Home premiered in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Feature Film Audience Award that same year at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 2009, he and his brother Benjamin produced, La Mission, a feature film shot on location in their hometown of San Francisco. La Mission, which Peter wrote and directed,premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night film at the 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival, the 2009 New York International Latino Film Festival, and the 2009 Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles. For his work on La Mission, 

Peter is currently the co-writer and director of Dolores, a feature documentary about the life of controversial activist, Dolores Huerta -- a film he is co-producing with Brian Benson and Grammy Award winning musician, Carlos Santana. Peter is also a San Francisco Film Commissioner and a long time consultant for the Friendship House Association of American Indians, a local non-profit serving the Bay Area’s Native population.

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney was born in Hardin, Montana in 1936. In the early 1940s, Kenney's family permanently settled in Wapato, Washington and continued to labor in agriculture. At the age of 5, Kenney started working in the fields and particulary recalls harvesting potatoes. Moreover, her family was one of the earliest Mexican families to establish roots in the Yakima Valley.

In 1967, Kenney was a founding member of The Latino Association which organized a volunteer program that provided educational and childcare services to migrant chilren. The association later formed the Washington Citizens for Migrant Affairs which received federal funding to develop childcare centers across Eastern Washington (now called Inspire). Kenney also was a founder of the Educational Institute for Rural Families (Pasco, WA) and the Yakima Valley Farmworkers health centers.

In 1976, Kenney relocated to Seattle to work for the Employment Security Department and eventually became an assistant commissioner. However, in 1996, she left the department and ran for Washington's Secretary of State position but was not elected. Nonetheless, in the following year, Kenney was appointed and subsequently elected to represent the 46th District, an office she held from 1997 to 2013. Currently, Kenney is Sea Mar's Community Health Center's Vice President of Leadership and Economic Development.

Thank you to our sponsors:

The Floyd and Delores Jones Foundation

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