Jan 29 2013

Diego Luna directs film about Labor Leader Cesar Chavez

Today in studio we have acclaimed filmmaker and actor Diego Luna. Luna is currently directing a film about Cesar Chavez which will be released later this year. Chávez retells the life of labor activist Cesar Chávez in the late 1960s and 70s. The movie will focus on the struggles he faced from opposing farm owners and the difficulty in organizing more than 50,000 laborers across California to protest against unfair working conditions.

Diego Luna is no stranger to the media, having achieved international fame for his role in the fiery 2001 movie “Y Tu Mama Tambien”. Since then, he has broken into American films, starring in movies such as “The Terminal” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”. More recently, he has starred in the movie “Milk”, as Jack Lira, Harvey’s unhinged lover. Luna debuted as a director in 2007 with his film “J.C. Chávez”, a documentary on the Mexican boxing legend.

Luna is also a co-founder of the production company Canana with his childhood friend and co-actor Gael Garcia Bernal. They are currently working with Golden Phoenix Productions to produce television documentaries that retell the unsolved murders of more than 300 women in Juarez, Mexico. Diego Luna is a supporter of Caravan for Peace, a 2012 bus campaign that traveled through cities in the United States to promote awareness about the violence and victims of the Mexican drug war. It was started by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia whose own son was killed in drug-related violence in 2011.

GUEST: Diego Luna, actor, producer, director.

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  1. Debi Derryberryon 27 Mar 2013 at 9:00 am

    I just worked with Diego on his film and he is such a lovely man. The film is a masterpiece!

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