Participant Media’s cable network Pivot has joined with Univision News to buy the U.S. TV rights to “Cesar’s Last Fast,” a documentary from directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee set to makes its world premiere at Sundance tomorrow on January 19th.
The buy marks the first of 10 planned docs to be acquired or co-produced by the two channels as part of a deal announced earlier. “Cesar’s Last Fast” will premiere simultaneously in English on Pivot and in Spanish on the Univision Network. The film looks at the final act of protest by Cesar Chavez, a 36-day water-only fast to draw attention the horrific effects of pesticide use on farm workers, their families and communities. The doc, which also tells a larger story about Chavez’s life and legacy, includes never-before-seen footage of the great activist during his fast and testimony from those closest to him.
“We are extremely happy to be working together with Pivot and Univision,” said filmmaker Perez. “This is a great partnership for our film in getting it out to our audience and for commemorating Cesar’s inspiring life.”
Pivot’s parent company Participant is a distributor of the upcoming Diego Luna-directed biopic “Cesar Chavez.” The deal for “Cesar’s Last Fast” was negotiated by Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers and Balaban for Pivot and Juan Rendón, director of Univision’s documentary unit.