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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.


“Yes, it can be done.”

Song for Cesar was inspired by a man, a song and a poet.

Abel Sanchez and Jorge Santana wrote the lyrics and the music to “Song for Cesar” as a tribute to the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the movement he created. They put the words to music and set the song to a short video infused with iconic images of musicians and artists working side-by-side with Cesar to give voice to struggling farmworkers. And then, they shared it with Maya Angelou. 

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Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez

Labor Leader • Civil Rights Activist


Filmmaker • Musician • Songwriter • Activist

Jorge Santana - A Song For Cesar Film Documentary

Guitarist • Musician

A Song For Cesar featuring Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

Writer • Poet

Ways to participate

The ultimate goal of Song for Cesar is to educate and inspire. Now more than ever, people struggle for justice and to be heard. Much can be learned by recalling Cesar’s brave and peaceful movement that lifted oppressed farmworkers and their families out of unfathomable conditions and created a movement that lives on today.

Will you help educate and inspire our communities by supporting Song for Cesar?

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