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SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM
Dir. Paul Espinosa, 2018, 86 min., Appropriate for All Ages
WINNER: Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature – SDLFF 2018
How did a young Mexican American kid from a small rural town in the middle of nowhere become a leading musician of the Chicano civil rights movement? How did he learn about the power of music and imagination to take us on a journey towards freedom? Singing Our Way to Freedom chronicles the life of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of his nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. As a young man in the 1960s, Chunky joined the picket lines in the California fields with Cesar Chavez, eventually becoming Chavez’s favorite musician. His arc of transformation from marginalized farm kid to charismatic social activist shows how one person can mobilize people to change the world. In his songs and his life, Chunky offers an inspiring narrative, reminding us that the battle for freedom has to be fought anew by every generation.
“He just may be the best folk singer you’ve never heard of.” ~ KCBS
“Possibly the most enjoyable documentary I’ve ever seen, as entertaining as it is inspiring. I’d recommend it to anyone.” ~ Educational Media Reviews Online
“A singer called Chunky, a song called freedom, a tribute to a barrio kid whose love of Mexican folk music and lyrical activism saw him honored with a National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship – arguably the nation’s highest plaudit for an artist.” ~ Austin Chronicle
“A powerful, poignant examination of Chunky’s contribution to Raza’s music and struggle for civil rights. The film propels us to support our fellow immigrants in securing the equality and justice that is being rolled back by the current administration.” ~ Arizona Daily Star
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