Singing Our Way to Freedom with Director, Writer, and Producer Paul Espinosa
Thursday, June 6
Museum members $5, General admission $10
Phoenix premier of Singing Our Way to Freedom with post-film Q&A with Director, Writer, and Producer Paul Espinosa. The 3rd floor of the Katz Wing will be open to attendees who wish to view the current exhibition Mexican Photography, Mexican Views.
Singing Our Way to Freedom is a multilayered look at the life of San Diego Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Borrowing from musical traditions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Chunky uses music and humor as powerful weapons in fighting for social justice. From his humble beginnings as a farmworker in rural California to the dramatic moment when he received one of his nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress, this character-driven film reminds us that the battle for freedom has to be fought anew by every generation.
Paul Espinosa (Producer, Director, Writer) is an award-winning filmmaker and president of Espinosa Productions, a San Diego production company specializing in films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region. He has been involved with producing films for nearly 40 years. His many films for PBS include The Lemon Grove Incident, …and the earth did not swallow him, The Hunt for Pancho Villa, The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848, In the Shadow of the Law and Ballad of an Unsung Hero. Espinosa’s films have been screened at festivals around the world and have won many awards including eight Emmys. He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.
(dir. Paul Espinosa / USA 2018 / 89 min / Not Rated / Color / English