Trace the life and legacy of labor activist Cesar Chavez.
See how Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers’ movement were influenced by music and the arts.
Friday, September 29, at 9 pm
TV: PBS and livestream.
Through interviews with Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Carlos Santana and more, see how music and the arts were instrumental to the success of the farmworkers’ movement Chavez helped found.
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The documentary project was inspired by a man, a song and a poet.
In 2004, Abel Sanchez and Jorge Santana wrote the lyrics and the music to “A Song for Cesar” as a tribute to the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the farmworker movement, the United Farm Workers Union, and most of all the farmworkers and their families.
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.
Soon after, Abel shared the video set to “A Song for Cesar” with his life-long friend, the esteemed poet Maya Angelou. Upon viewing it, Ms. Angelou told Abel that the story of Cesar and the musicians who elevated his peaceful movement must be shared with world more thoroughly – by way of a full documentary.
The film would serve to educate generations old and new about Cesar’s legacy of impactful, peaceful protest and how perseverance, coupled with artistic inspiration, could help change the world for the better. Ms. Angelou insisted that Abel promise to make the film – which he did. With his deepest respect and admiration for her, there was no way Abel would deny fulfilling his vow to this remarkable woman.
Abel and his partner Andres Alegria then embarked upon creating the documentary “A Song for Cesar” in what would become a 15 year labor of love.
Friday, September 29, at 9 pm on Nine PBS and livestream.
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