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Roseville Theatre Presents
April 1, 2017
Crest Theatre Preview
SACRAMENTO - Ten years ago, a smiling Cesar Chavez appeared on a colorful 37-cent stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
On Wednesday, his image filled a larger canvas - a giant silver screen at Sacramento's Crest Theater during an 18-minute preview of "Song for Cesar," an unfinished documentary about the legendary leader of the United Farm Workers Union and the famous musicians who rallied to his cause.
The program, which included a concert by the "Si Se Puede" All-Star Band, was a fundraiser to help collect about $100,000 to complete the powerful movie.
More than 500 people attended. All were deeply moved by the preview, demonstrating that whether he's on a 1Â½-inch stamp or a big screen, Cesar Chavez's legacy remains alive among millions of people two decades after his passing.
"I had an emotional reaction when I saw him on the screen," Ramona Landeros, a former farm worker, said afterwards. "It brought tears to my eyes."
The footage evoked flashbacks "of what he meant to us as campesinos," added Landeros, now a legal researcher.
The preview was also poignant for Paul Chavez, the middle son of Cesar Chavez.