Cesar's Last Fast

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Cesar's Last Fast
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Sundance poster
Directed by Richard Ray Perez
Lorena Parlee
Produced by Molly O'Brien
Lisa Remington
Richard Ray Perez
Lorena Parlee
Music by Ed Barguiarena
Cinematography James Chressanthis
James R. Dunham
Stephen McCarthy
Jonathan Schell
Byron Shah
Edited by Jean-Philippe Boucicaut
Lewis Erskine
Carla Gutierrez
Christopher S. Johnson
Monkey Mind Media
Release date
  • January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) (Sundance)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Cesar's Last Fast is a 2014 American documentary film co-directed and produced by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee.[1] The film premiered in competition category of U.S. Documentary Competition program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2014.[2]

Before the premiere of the film at Sundance Film Festival, Participant Media and Univision News acquired the TV rights of the film. The film will premiere simultaneously in English on Pivot and in Spanish on the Univision Network.[3][4]


The film narrates the events of 1988, when Cesar Chavez began his "Fast for Life," a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities.[5]


The film received mixed to positive response from critics. Dennis Harvey in his review for Variety said that "While not necessarily the definitive cinematic account of Chavez’s life or the UFW movement, Cesar’s Last Fast provides a well-crafted, sometimes stirring encapsulation."[6] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film positive review and said that "A reverential perspective on America’s renowned union founder and leader."[7] Carlos Aguilar from Indiewire in his review said that "Touching, insightful, and extremely well crafted, Richard Ray Perez's work shows above all an admiration for a man whose life wasn’t entirely his but of his people."[8]


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