Cesar Chavez Film to Avoid Immigration Debate

06/13/2013 05:50 pm ET

LOS ANGELES — For Participant Media, a nine-year-old Hollywood company with a fondness for films about social issues, the political minefield is comfortable terrain. In the recent past, the company plunged “Lincoln” into the fracas over partisanship, used “The Help” to highlight the plight of domestic workers and made “Promised Land” as a call for environmental action.

But this time is different.

Participant and its partners are getting ready to offer a Latino hero in their still-unfinished movie “Chavez,” about Cesar Chavez and his struggle to unionize farmworkers. But they are largely avoiding the overriding Latino issue of the moment — immigration reform.

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