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Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for ... See full summary »

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Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists; archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. Music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights. This film celebrates the vitality of this music. Written by Anonymous

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"We Shall Overcome"
4 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...And overcome,they did (and let us all be thankful). I'm talking about the Civil Rights movement that (more or less)started back in the 1950's,when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus to a white passenger (and was no big surprise what so ever,placed under arrest by the police),and acted as the springboard for a new revolution in the southern most United States:the revolution for civil rights for African American's. Although things only got far uglier (race riots, lynchings,protest rallies,with the subsequent violence toward the protesters,as well as the Freedom Riders),the move toward civil rights was cemented with the March on Washington,with the Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King's insightful "I have a dream" speech before thousands of both black & white audiences. All of this,and more is documented in Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman's superlative documentary,"Soundtrack For A Revolution". Besides a treasure trove of film footage (both black & white,as well as colour)of the events that transpired a nation,there is testimony from some of the pioneers of the Civil Rights movement (folk singer/activist,Harry Belafonte,John Lewis,Charles Neblett,Robert Cohen,etc.),as well as performances of some of the music that shaped a nation by the likes of The Roots,John Legend,Joss Stone,Wyclef Jean,Richie Havens & The Blind Boys Of Alabama,to mention a few,as well as original film footage of the songs being sung by the people who were clamoring for social change (via newsreel & television film clips). The cinematography for the interview footage,as well as the performances are by Jon Else,Stephen Kazminski & Buddy Squires,with precision editing by Jeffrey Doe. This is a documentary that should be seen by anybody who is interested in American social history,and especially should be screened in schools during Black History Month,in February. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains disturbing images & testimony of the ugly face of racism during a troubled time,as well as some unpleasant racial slurs by some of the lowest of the low,bottom feeders of society (and you know whom I am referring to)


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