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USA Film Festival in Dallas premieres documentary about the music that guided César Chávez | Entertainment

USA Film Festival in Dallas premieres documentary about the music that guided César Chávez | Entertainment
USA Film Festival in Dallas premieres documentary about the music that guided César Chávez

The USA Film Festival in Dallas will screen a documentary about the music that inspired César Chávez

They celebrate the musical movement around farmworkers in the 1960s in California.

The USA Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday in Dallas and this year the screening of films will be free.  The tapes are on display at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station.

Featured films on display include A Song for Cesar, a documentary about the musical movement that led the fight for Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement in the 1960s. The legendary Little Joe Hernandez will be present at the premiere of that film.

The film, directed by Andrés Alegría and Abel Sánchez, highlights the musical movement of Chicano artists, rockers and folk singers, who inspired the movement and later served to raise funds for farmworkers.

The documentary material shows a very active participation of musicians, such as Santana, Joan Baez, Little Joe, Malo, Dakila, among others.

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Many of the interviews were conducted in 2016-17, so many of the participants have already passed away, including Maya Angelou and musician Jorge Santana.

A Song For Cesar highlights how musicians and artists were inspired by the farmworker movement and then helped nurture the movement with massive concerts attended by thousands.

Cesar Chavez's struggle in California coincides with the hippie movement and the Chicano movement.  Chavez himself was also a fan of jazz and the documentary reveals that he was a pachuco in his youth.

A Song For Cesar is a love letter to the power of music and the farmworker movement.

Omar Sosa's 88 Well-Tuned Drums will also premiere, a look at the career of one of the best jazz pianists of the moment in the world and who has a unique history of immigration.  The Cuban musician will be present at the premiere of his film.  Both films will be presented on Saturday.

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Angelika Film Center and Cafe (Dallas)

The festival has a short fiction and documentary film contest, but also the screening of films before their commercial broadcast in theaters or streaming services.

Among the most striking is Emily The Criminal, with Aubrey Plaza and the Danish film As in Heaven.  The Getaway will also be screened, a classic with Steve McQueen that will have the presence of Sally Struthers, who was part of the cast of the film.

All movies are free, but a call to reserve a ticket or an hour's notice at the Angelika box office is required.

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USA Film Festival

What: USA Film Festival

When: Through Sunday, with movie showings Wednesday through Friday starting at 7 p.m.  and on the weekend from 3:30 p.m.

Omar Sosa's 88 Well-Tuned Drums, Saturday 5 p.m., with the presence of Omar Sosa

A Song for Cesar, Saturday 7:30 p.m., with the presence of Little Joe Hernandez

Where: Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane

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Cost: Free.  Ballots can be requested by calling 214-821-6300.  The day of the exhibition there will also be tickets one hour before each presentation.

More information: www.usafilmfestiva.com