Diego Luna: 'U.S. Strengthens Border But People Have To Survive

Mexican actor and filmmaker Diego Luna, who in his next film will recall the work of U.S. labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, says the United States may strengthen it border with Mexico, but it cannot eliminate people's need to survive.

And it is precisely the survival of the Mexican community living in the United States, and the prejudice that ignorance inflicts upon it, that will be the story told in "Chavez," a feature film directed by Luna that relates the union leader's fight to raise an entire country's awareness of a previously forgotten community.

"I've gone across that border many times, my son was born in the United States - he is also a Mexican-American with the two passports. So with this movie I want to bring that community and its neighbors closer together," Luna said in an interview with Efe Thursday night, as he was taking part in the Times Talks meeting organized by The New York Times at Madrid's Teatro Español.

Luna feels the need to tell a story that the United States has long since put out of sight and out of mind, and which speaks of America's double standard and particularly California's, where Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) led the migrant farmworkers' struggle.

"California is one of the strongest states with one of the solidest economies, but at the same time ignores the reality of its farmworkers," Luna said.

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