Some people forget that this is a movie that takes dramatic license (Selma, Mississippi Burning anyone), constrained by 2 hours. The writers, directors have to make difficult choices. Yes I would have liked to see visuals of airplane pesticides, lack of outdoor bathrooms, child labor/exploitation, and crooked contractors that paid by what you picked and not the hour. The hardship & suffering were just touched upon but I suspect that if a movie shows these real conditions, the emotional depression would keep people as far away from this story as possible.And whenever someone writes a critical review because Reagan & Nixon are presented for what they were, hostile to unions & civil rights, you know the fool is blind to the history & plight of agricultural workers.
The story of Cesar Chavez & farm workers is going to be painful. You are dealing with injustice, racism, & exploitation to the fullest. Movies are entertainment and about the bottom line. So one has to watch with a jaundice eye, knowing that this was written & made digestable to the majority population. Excluding farm workers from the National Labor Relations Act of the 1930s, restricting people of color to the minimal, unskilled areas of employment had consequences. It meant that the majority Mexican population would live on the margins, there children would attend inferior schools, trying to overcome a slew of serious social/economic problems
Chavez must be appreciated for the sacrifice & effort he made in attempting to unionize farm workers, a group that the mainstream society did not care about & still doesn't. So I enjoyed the performances, cringed at what was missing, but appreciated the effort.