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Maria Moreno. Photo Credit: George Ballis/Take Stock Images of Change
Maria Moreno. Photo Credit: George Ballis/Take Stock Images of Change

Uncovering the Story of a Woman Leader of the Farmworker Rights Movement

While we all have heard of the story of Cesar Chavez, whose birthday is celebrated nationally at the end of March, there are many other less familiar names whose contributions to the farmworker movement made an outsized impact. One such story is told in the California Documentary Project-supported film ADIOS AMOR: THE SEARCH FOR MARIA MORENO. The film details Maria Moreno’s struggle to organize California’s migrant farm workers while raising 12 children. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background. The first farm worker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer, Maria’s story was silenced and her legacy buried—until the discovery of lost photographs sparks a search. The documentary interweaves director Laurie Coyle’s quest to find photographs and more information about Moreno through the attics and archives of the California Central Valley.

This month, view the film at screenings in cities throughout California. Below, get the list of times and locations, and click through to see more information about tickets.

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