Michael Pena stars in 'Cesar Chavez.'
Michael Pena stars in 'Cesar Chavez.'
Michael Pena stars in ‘Cesar Chavez.’

On Saturday at 7 p.m., Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall will host a preview screening of “Cesar Chavez” as part of a fundraising effort for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, Edison Language Academy, John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School’s dual immersion programs.

Following the screening, the audience will have a chance to meet and participate in a question and answer session with the cast and crew of the movie, including the film’s star, Michael Pena, and producer Pablo Cruz.

Directed by Diego Luna and written by Keir Pearson, “Cesar Chavez” traces the labor leader’s efforts during the 1960s and ‘70s to organize the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to get basic human rights for more then 50,000 farm workers in California.

Chavez co-founded the United Farm Workers union and was instrumental in the Delano Grape Boycott, which was successful in its goal to provide living wages for laborers. His birthday, March 31, is celebrated as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas.

General admission tickets are $25 and student tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Food trucks will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.

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