above image: "Martyr's Rock" -- a memorial to the seven UFW members killed by opponents of the UFW in strikes and protests


A free 22-minute documentary about Genesis Palacio-Butler, a dynamic 10-year-old, on a journey with her family to the Chavez National Monument in Keene, California. Genesis has a special reason for the trip: she is Cesar Chavez'great-grandniece, and, like Cesar, she is an advocate for animals.

 Genesis and her family

Genesis and her family

 

            The film illuminates the leadership of Chavez and his relevance to modern-day issues of social justice.  It shows that the country's most famous Latino-American leader was much more than an advocate for farmworkers.  He was motivated by a core belief that respect should extend to everyone: to women, to people with a different sexual orientation, and even to animals. He fought for these causes long before they became a part of the national dialogue, and he didn’t compartmentalize them as separate issues, rather he saw them as pieces in the larger inclusive tapestry of American culture. Chavez was a moral pioneer extending the ethical principle of fair and compassionate treatment to everyone and to all sentient beings. He is a model for a new breed of leaders sorely needed in the U.S. and throughout the world. 

             Cesar Chavez: Respect for All  is a supplement that educators can use with any lesson about modern American history or the Hispanic contribution to American culture.  Using the story of Genesis' journey as inspiration, the film film promotes youth empowerment, and encourages students of every background to find and use their unique voices.