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Singing Our Way to Freedom

Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez singing with his guitar at microphone, ca 1974.
Photo courtesy of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez
American Public Television
Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez singing with his guitar at microphone, ca 1974.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV / Watch now with KPBS Passport!

"Singing Our Way To Freedom" chronicles the life and music of Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez, from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of our nation's highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Singing Our Way To Freedom: Trailer

Chunky's arc of transformation from marginalized farm kid to charismatic social activist shows how one person can mobilize people to change the world.


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The film is available on demand and there is a version with subtitles in Spanish

Watch the film now with KPBS Passport, a benefit for members supporting KPBS at $60 or more yearly, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.

Extra clips are available to view on the film website

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Chunky Film Project is on Facebook / Espinosa Productions on Instagram


Director, Writer, Producer Paul Espinosa. Producer: Mark Day. Producer: Michael Bovee. Editor: Maria Zeiss. Directors of Photography: Simone Hogan and Vicente Franco. Narrator: Alma Martinez. Original score: Quetzal Flores.

Distributed by American Public Television.