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When Hollywood advocates, should people listen?

by AirTalk®

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Actors Jacob Vargas, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, director Diego Luna, actors Rosario Dawson and Yancey Arias arrive at the premiere of Pantelion Films And Participant Media's "Cesar Chavez" at the Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Socially conscious films like “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna, serve dual purposes. Film and advocacy are frequently intertwined, whether intentionally or unintentionally. The power of a great story or a particular identifiable character can affect change.

In a panel discussion with “Cesar Chavez” director Diego Luna, actress America Ferrera, Participant Media Executive Vice President Jonathan King, and Media Impact Project director Todd Cunningham, we explore the connection between movies and social movements.

How does film changes lives? What are the most important steps towards meaningful storytelling and diverse representation? How do socially conscious films enact change?


America Ferrera, actress and activist who received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award for her performance as Betty Suarez on the ABC television series Ugly Betty; she plays the labor organizer's wife, Helen, in “Cesar Chavez”;  she is active with the organization Voto Latino and as an ambassador for Save the Children.

Diego Luna, director of the biopic Cesar Chavez; Actor in the Oscar-nominated hit “Y Tu Mamá También”

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. The entire program can be heard here

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