Join Memphis Tilth for the third and final installment of our fall film series, hosted by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration. Through this series we will showcase films highlighting some of the most critical issues affecting our food and farming systems, and share ways in which the work we do and the values we hold at Memphis Tilth support positive change.
The third film in our series is Dolores. Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.
More info at https://www.doloresthemovie.com/
Prior to the film, Valentina Henao will introduce her work and speak on some of the themes covered in the film. Valentina was born in Cali, Colombia. Due to the remarkable armed conflict in Colombia in the 1990’s, a combination of economic, political and social factors in the country, Valentina’s family decided to move to the U.S. in search of a brighter and safer future. In the years since, Valentina has emerged as a leader within the Hispanic community, founding La Voz de la Comunidad (The Voice of the Community) to help community members stay informed on issues related to safety, progress, and education. In addition to her volunteer work, Valentina currently works as a bilingual legal advocate with CasaLuz, an organization dedicated to preventing and reducing domestic violence and related crimes in the Spanish-speaking community and to promoting equal access to justice and other services.
Refreshments sourced from local farms and producers will be served, and following the film Valentina will lead a discussion and Q&A with the audience.
Before the film from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, Memphis Tilth will host a dinner in honor of the guest speaker at Caritas Village, featuring a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit here.
*Please note that while this event is open to the public, all attendees must be registered in advance in order to gain access to the St. Jude campus. Info on access, parking, and infection control guidelines that all visitors must adhere to will be sent via email to registered attendees.*