‘Cesar Chavez’ film will screen at the White House on Wednesday

Actor Michael Pena, actress America Ferrera, director Diego Luna and actress Rosario Dawson at the "Cesar Chavez" premiere after party in Austin. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Budweiser)
Actor Michael Pena, actress America Ferrera, director Diego Luna and actress Rosario Dawson after the “Cesar Chavez” premiere in Austin. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Budweiser)

The official D.C. premiere of “Cesar Chavez” will be held at the Newseum on Tuesday night. But on Wednesday the film’s director and stars will head down the street to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for a private White House screening. The biopic’s director, Diego Luna, told The Wrap that he hoped the president would tweet about the movie.

“He has more followers than all of us together,” said Luna, who will be joined by Rosario Dawson, who plays labor leader Dolores Huerta in the film about the farm labor activist. The real-life Huerta received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, but because of a scheduling conflict she wasn’t able to make the White House premiere.

“I love the fact that we tried to have Dolores come, but she had already scheduled to do something in California,” Dawson told The Wrap. “And she tried to get out of it and cancel it, but she’s just so fabulous that she couldn’t, so she’s not going to come with us to the White House, which I think is amazing.”

In 2011 Obama declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day.

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