Party Diary: Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera at Cesar Chavez premiere

Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera and director Diego Luna talk their first jobs and the man who inspired their new film "Cesar Chavez." (JulieAnn McKellogg/The Washington Post)


The stars and director of the upcoming biopic “Cesar Chavez” walked the Newseum’s red carpet on Tuesday night at a screening of the movie sponsored by Voto Latino.

Not a bad way to warm up for Wednesday’s White House viewing of the flick.

Director Diego Luna took a little direction himself from the photographers lining the red carpet as he took questions about Chavez — and raved about his leading ladies’ activism and acting.


Rosario Dawson, who plays labor leader Dolores Huerta, wore a sparkly Antonio Berardi dress with a dramatic wide waistband, joking that she had rehearsed the designer’s name, afraid she was going to say “Bacardi.”

And of course it wouldn’t be a Washington premiere if you didn’t have a congressional cameo. Rep. Xavier Becerra did the honors:

Other attendees included Sean Franklin of DC United, former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, MSNBC host Karen Finney, and American Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.



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