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Documentary: A Song for Cesar
A Song for Cesar, a documentary film by Abel Sanchez and Andres Alegria, presents a unique view of the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. The film tells a previously untold story about the musicians and artists – including Joan Baez, Maya Angelou, and Carlos Santana, among others – who dedicated their time, creativity and even reputations to peacefully advance Cesar Chavez’s movement to gain equality and justice for America’s suffering farmworkers. The documentary also explores other facets of Cesar’s life – from childhood to his final days – revelations that, until now, have not been shared on screen.
''Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak...Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win''
– Cesar Chavez
The core values of social justice, equality, compassion, and perseverance.
The power, importance, and effectiveness of non-violent and peaceful protest
The use of education, talent, creativity, and self-sacrifice to help improve the lives of others.
The art of organizing to give a voice to those without one.
SI SE PUEDE!
A Song for Cesar was inspired by a man, a song and a poet.
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A Song for Cesar doesn’t need to be slick to reveal its beating heart. It’s the kind of labor of love that brings recent history into colorful and tuneful focus. And with conditions for farmworkers these days hardly tolerable still, maybe this movie can be absorbed as a song “from” Cesar too. [Read more]
Abel Sanchez and Jorge Santana have added music to a story of Cesar Chavez and it’s really a song for Cesar. The piece is so moving that I can’t wait for it to be in the clear possession of everybody, Black, and White, Latino, and Asian, Native American, all of us we should have it.
The power of music and how it helped inspire social change for California farm workers is the focus of a new documentary from musician turned filmmaker Abel Sanchez called “A Song for Cesar.” [Read more]
Fills in a unique angle in the tapestry of Chicano history…Both sprawling and focused, this documentary tracks the many musicians and artists who supported Cesar Chavez’s fight for social justice. [Read more]
A Song for Cesar is a rich documentary on the role of music and the arts in the critical years of Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Worker movement – so rich that it’s much more than that. There’s a time capsule of the turbulent 1960s, the story of emerging Chicano identity and a meditation on the role…
A Song for Cesar, attempts to recast Chavez as a transcendent historical figure and an ordinary individual. Co-directors Andres Alegria and Abel Sanchez successfully achieve this balance by making viewers aware of the role of art in shaping Chavez’s personal life, and the role artists played in the United Farm Workers and The Campesino Movement’s…
A Vibrant Musical Retrospective of the Farm Workers Movement. A Song For Cesar teaches and inspires with a head-bobbing, toe-tapping beat. It is a remarkable remembrance of a man and movement.
Takes a musical approach to [Cesar Chavez’s] life…Includes revealing interviews with several heavyweights – fellow activist Dolores Huerta, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Maya Angelou – and culminates with a studio performance of the title song.
Pumps up the music behind Chicano power…Film uses plentiful archival footage and interviews with leading fellow activists… Emphasizing [cultural renaissance] is what distinguishes Song for Cesar from numerous prior docs on this general history, as it throws a spotlight on related developments in visual arts, theater, and particularly music.
A well-rounded look into the life of activist/labor leader Cesar Chavez, relating how this groundbreaking drives for farmworkers’ rights inspired music, art and theater pieces. The stirring documentary is stuffed with vintage archival photos and features memorable commentary from dozens, including Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Dolores Huerta and countless others.
A celebration of the organizers, musicians and artists comprising Cesar Chavez’s Farmworkers movement…Tells a previously untold story about the musicians and artists who dedicated their time, creativity and reputations to peacefully advance Chavez’s movement of labor organizing in pursuit of better wages and working conditions for farmworkers. Also explores other facets of Chavez’s life —…
A unique and stimulating view of the life and legacy of American labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement.
History will remember the blood, sweat, and tears shed by late civil-rights activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez while standing up for American farmworkers. In Song for Cesar, co-writers and co-directors Andres Alegria and Abel Sanchez build on that legacy and pride through the music of Chavez’s era. Daniel Valdez’s “Brown Eyed Children of the…
My father’s work inspired many artists, who in turn moved millions of others with their music. They demonstrated that music can – and must- do more than just entertain; it is also a powerful, non-violent tool that can educate and inspire people to action. Many of these artists participated in this documentary. It is their…
“Song for Cesar” does more than most films can do. It entertains, inspires, challenges but also opens the viewer so Cesar Chavez’s life, courage and wisdom can be absorbed into oneself. This cinema magic comes from the musical storytelling that Sanchez and Alegria present with gusto, sensitivity, love and power. This is Chicano history expanded…