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Holly Near: Singing For Our Lives (2018)

Unrated | | Documentary | 7 October 2018 (USA)
A documentary revisiting the career of a feisty activist musician, who never quite achieved the same recognition as her similar contemporaries Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

Director:

Jim Brown
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Credited cast:
Margie Adam Margie Adam ... Herself
Karen Anderson Karen Anderson ... Herself
Kevin Bacon ... Himself
Melanie DeMore Melanie DeMore ... Herself
Christelle Durandy Christelle Durandy ... Herself
Jane Fonda ... Herself
Pat Hunt Pat Hunt ... Herself
Fredrika Keefer Fredrika Keefer ... Herself
Krissy Keefer Krissy Keefer ... Herself
Holly Near ... Herself
Timothy Near Timothy Near ... Herself
Torie Osborn Torie Osborn ... Herself
Gloria Steinem ... Herself
Julie M. Thompson Julie M. Thompson ... Herself
Fernando A. Torres Fernando A. Torres ... Himself
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A documentary revisiting the career of a feisty activist musician, who never quite achieved the same recognition as her similar contemporaries Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

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human rights | lgbtq | anti war | See All (3) »

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Documentary

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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7 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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USA See more »

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Jim Brown Productions See more »
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Color

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16:9 HD
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References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

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Highly educational - great docu
7 March 2019 | by lor_See all my reviews

This documentary film, recently broadcast on PBS's "American Masters" series, is a brilliant example of how filmmakers, in this case Jim Brown who made the classic "Wasn't That a Time" about the Weavers folk group, can shed light on history and people overlooked by the mainstream. I had known of Holly Near over the decades only in passing but this movie cements her central place in recent American history as both musical artist and activist.

After a single viewing I'm convinced she is a major player in crucial movements such as the Peace Movement, Women's Rights, LGBT and even indie music. Last category showed her trailblazing record company Redwood Records that serves as a model for self-distribution.

With luminaries like Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda interviewed to properly place Near's role in so much progressive work, it is ultimately Holly's winning personality, great empathy and terrific musical ability that comes through loud and clear here.


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