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Apache 8

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Fri, Mar 6, 2015, 7pm

The Bisbee Royale
94 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Admission $7

U.S.A. 2011, 57 mins
Produced and Directed by Sande Zeig
Executive Produced by Heather Rae
Produced by Dolly Hall and Victoria Westover

This documentary tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters. Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. APACHE 8 weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time. Apache 8 was funded in part by National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Native American Public Television (Vision MakerMedia) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It is distributed by Woman Make Movies. Apache 8 was premiered at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Film and Video Festival.

“You never knew what you were going to face. You were with a bunch of women that could handle anything.”  – Katy Aday (White Mountain Apache Tribe)

IN PERSON: Sande Zeig (Producer/Director) Sande Zeig is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her short film, Central Park, premiered at Sundance in 1994. She went on to direct a feature, The Girl, based on a short story by renowned French writer Monique Wittig that premiered at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals in 2001. Her documentary Soul Masters: Dr. Guo & Dr. Sha, was released in April 2008, by Beyond Words Distribution. Zeig is president of Artistic License Films, a film distribution company that has distributed more than one hundred films including films by Ismail Merchant, Michel Negroponte, Jim Stark, Kore-eda Hirakazu, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. She is head of the Media Department for Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment.

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Cesar’s Last Fast

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Tue, Feb 17, 2015, 6:30pm

The Screening Room
127 E. Congress
$5 / FREE for UA students with Catcard
Advance tickets available at The Screening Room


Cesar’s Last Fast, co-directed and produced by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary explores the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farm workers, and the impact of his legacy on today’s generation of organizers fighting for farm worker rights.

Cesar’s Last Fast centers on the events of 1988, when 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. The film is built around powerful, never-before-seen footage of this fast, interwoven with the historic events that defined the life mission of America’s most inspiring Latino leader and the struggles confronting today’s farm workers. Culled from hundreds of hours of footage, rarely heard interviews of Cesar himself, as well as testimonies of the people closest to Chavez, Cesar’s Last Fast illuminates the story of one man’s commitment and dedication to social justice and uncovers an overlooked chapter in the story of civil rights in America.

“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.” Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire

» Read review in Variety

Richard_Ray_Perez_picRichard Ray Perez is personally connected to the issues presented in Cesar’s Last Fast. For 22 years, Perez’s father was a farm worker who lived in and worked under the conditions Cesar Chavez fought to end. At five years old Richard joined the historic grape boycotting organized by the United Farm Workers. Prior to directing and executive producing Cesar’s Last Fast, Richard Ray Perez directed and/or executive produced 4 documentary film series for Brave New films. Mr. Perez is the Producer of Creative Partnerships in the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program.

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