Cinequest Film Festival announces the world premiere of Adios Amor, a documentary by Laurie Coyle that uncovers the story of Maria Moreno, a tireless but unsung heroine of the farmworkers’ labor movement in California. Cinequest is honoring the March 1 premiere as a special event, featuring a post-screening panel titled “Courageous Conversations.” The festival will feature the film in four screenings and tickets are available:
- March 1, 7:15 p.m. at San Jose Hammer Theater (Screening includes conversations with the filmmaker and guests)
- March 4, 1:05 p.m. at Century 20, Redwood City
- March 9, 3 p.m. at Century 20, Redwood City
- March 11, 10 a.m., 3 Below San Jose (free community event following this screening)
While researching a film about the farm workers’ movement, Laurie Coyle came across numerous photographs of an unidentified female activist and grew curious about her woman’s story. In the course of her research, she collaborated with young women at the Chicana Latina Foundation. The woman in the photographs turned out to be Maria Moreno, a migrant mother of 12 children. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Moreno was an outspoken leader — the first farm worker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer.