PBS has acquired the North American rights to documentary feature Dolores, which tells the story of workers' rights advocate Dolores Huerta.
Dolores premiered at this year's Sundance, screening in the U.S. Documentary Competition. The doc centers on Huerta, the advocate who founded the National Farmworkers Association but is often forgotten in the shadow of co-founder Cesar Chavez.
THR's Sundance review noted: "Mixing historical footage and interviews with her family and pertinent social activists of 'the day,' [writer-director Peter] Bratt distils the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers' rights but to the expanding role of women at that time."
PBS, PBS Distribution, and Independent Lens, the broadcaster's weekly documentary series, as well as Latino Public Broadcasting, will partner for a fall theatrical release following a festival tour. Dolores will have its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2018.
PBS Distribution will also handle all home entertainment, digital and Canadian rights, as well as educational distribution in conjunction with Ro*Co Films. Additionally, Latino Public Broadcasting will spearhead the acquisition and outreach effort to bring Dolores to Latino communities and to classrooms through PBS LearningMedia.
Writer-director Bratt also produced the doc along with Brian Benson. Musician Carlos Santana, Regina K. Scully, and Janet MacGillivray Wallace executive produced.
Annie Roney of Ro*Co Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.