Movies That Matter

The UUFDC Social Responsibility Committee hosts the monthly Movies That Matter series of thought-provoking topics. All films have been pre-screened. A discussion follows each movie. The movies are free and the public is welcome.

All movies start at 4:30 pm. Donations are appreciated to help defray the costs of public performance licenses that are required for our showings. If you have an idea for a screening, email Carol Boyd (

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2015 Schedule

The film follows Chávez’s efforts to organize 50,000 farm workers in California, many of whom were braceros—temporary workers from Mexico permitted to live and work in the United States in agriculture, and required to return to Mexico if they stopped working. Working conditions are very poor for the braceros, who also suffer from racism and brutality at the hands of the employers and local Californians. To help the workers, César Chávez (Michael Peña) forms a labor union known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Chávez’s efforts are opposed, sometimes violently, by the owners of the large industrial farms where the braceros work. The film touches on several major nonviolent campaigns by the UFW: the Delano grape strike, the Salad Bowl strike, and the 1975 Modesto march.

This documentary presents the case that the food industry and the government have acted together in order to change the eating habits of America in a way that has led to widespread obesity in children. The first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risk of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children. Since these guidelines effectively condoned unlimited addition of sugar to foods consumed by children, sugar consumption has greatly increased, obesity has skyrocketed, and generations of children have grown up far fatter than their parents. These children face impaired health and shorter lifespans as a result.