Immigrant farm worker Jose Gonzalez churns the fertile dirt of Yuma, Arizona, one of the country’s most important agricultural river valleys. With 350 days of sunshine, more than 90 percent of the U.S.’s winter supply of leafy vegetables are grown there. It’s satisfying, honest work. And Gonzalez, his family and his church have built a thriving community around the life-giving Colorado River. But the river is over allocated, dammed and diverted. Leche y Miel asks the question: Can Yuma continue to be the promised land of milk and honey for the community’s future?
The success of the 1970s farm workers movement in California is mainly attributed to labor leader Cesar Chavez. But what is largely written out of history is that Chavez had a partner, peer and Farm Workers Union co-founder who was equally crucial to the movement’s success: Dolores Huerta. This film celebrates the remarkable life of Huerta and pays overdue credit to her tireless commitment to workers rights. We learn of a woman both heroic and flawed, one who devoted her life to lifting up others but who also spent weeks away from her 11 children. From fearless young lady on the picket line to veteran union leader, who nonetheless was blocked from the highest role, Dolores faced discrimination, oppression and injustice with unwavering courage. To quote the immortal motto Huerta coined: “Si se puede.”