¡Si Se Puede! The Legacy of César Chávez

In the Spring of 2002, the Urban Dreams Video Project sent filmmakers into Oakland Public High School classrooms at Oakland Tech to mentor teachers and students during the production of videos about human or civil rights and/or social justice. The results of their hard work are socially conscious video projects that focus on issues important to Oakland youth. In addition to being streamed on the web, these award-winning videos have screened at festivals, been broadcast on KDOL TV and disseminated on CD-ROM. The project was funded by a US Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant.

For this film, I helped Fremont High School Media Academy students document the work of young people to rename a park in honor of Cesar Chavez. Students from all grade levels participated in the effort. They presented at City Council meetings, planted trees, painted tiles and studied the life of Cesar Chavez. Their hard work culminated in a successful community effort to rename the park. The students wrote the script and operated the cameras.

• Official Selection of the 7th Annual North American All Youth Film and Education Day
• Grand Prize Winner & Best Overall at the 37th California Student Media and Multimedia Festival
• Screened at the Oakland International Film Festival & the San Francisco International Film Festival

6 Minute Clip from Si Se Puede: The Legacy of Cesar Chavez (2002)