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Premiere Film Screening of

A Song For Cesar


followed by a Platica (post-screening discussion)

with Abel Sanchez (Filmmaker),

Mark Guerrero (son of the late, legendary Chicano songwriter Lalo Guerrero),

and Dolores Huerta (labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the United Farm Workers)

A Song for Cesar presents a previously untold story of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. Through interviews, performances, stunning archival footage and photographs, and a rich original soundtrack, the features the musicians and artists – including Joan Baez, Maya Angelou, and Carlos Santana and many others – who dedicated their time, creativity, and even reputations to peacefully advance Cesar Chavez’s movement to gain equality and justice for America’s struggling 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.


Filmmakers Abel Sanchez and Andres Alegria spent more than a decade producing this labor-of-love documentary honoring Cesar Chavez and highlighting the importance and effectiveness of peaceful protest to bring about positive social change.


The initial inspiration for the film was a song about Cesar Chavez written by Abel and Jorge Santana, the latter who sadly passed in 2020. While writing the song titled “Song for Cesar,” Abel and Jorge felt the inspiration of Cesar and the farmworkers enter their studio. When they shared the song set to a short video with their friend Maya Angelou, she insisted they make a full documentary about how the farmworker movement was lifted by so many musicians and artists of the time. Of course, they could not resist Maya, and the documentary A Song for Cesar was born.

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