Border X Brewing is hosting a free event to celebrate the forthcoming documentary about Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez on Friday, September 9th. Chunky is a Chicano musician and San Diego activist whose music has been a force for social justice over the last 35 years. Running from 6:00-11:00 pm at Border X (2181 Logan Ave just a block from Chicano Park), the event is open to the public and will feature live music from local artists, clips from the film and behind-the-scenes stories from filmmaker Paul Espinosa and others.
The documentary, Singing My Way to Freedom, chronicles Chunky’s life from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to his student days at San Diego State University as the Chicano Civil Rights Movement was transforming the community; from his involvement with the takeover of Chicano Park to his performing on Joan Baez’s first Spanish language album; from the formation of his band, Los Alacranes, a local favorite at San Diego demonstrations and rallies for over a quarter of a century, to receiving the National Heritage Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
“Our film examines how Chunky’s personal development as a musician is interwoven with the broader history of the U.S.-Mexican border, from the 1960s right through to immigrant rights’ protests happening today,” says Producer Paul Espinosa. “His story proves that, when you stand up for your rights, you can truly make a difference.”
Chunky’s music was included in a classic Smithsonian Folkways CD that highlights songs of the Chicano movement. A reviewer described the collection as “an original and necessary document of essential American musical history.