Soundtrack for a Revolution

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield
7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 PST
Location: Ridgefield (click for map)

This film tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The 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. In this film, these moving songs are performed by modern performers John Legend, the Roots, Richie Havens, Wyclef Jean and more.

This acclaimed film was shown at numerous festivals and screenings, and won the Vancouver International Film Festival Rogers People’s Choice Award, the Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque for Direction, and the Morelia International Film Festival Audience Award. The film also made the Academy Award® Shortlist, and is a finalist for three International Documentary Associated Awards.

Release Year: 2010

Running Time: 82 min

Director: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman

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  1. Patjan
    #1 Patjan 24 February, 2022, 19:14

    This is by far the best Civil rights video I have ever seen. As a substitute teacher, I showed it to some seniors in high school and they were very interested. I usually despise movies in school, but this movie is so inspirational and something all students should see. There are so many good things about this video. Not only does it tell the true story of Martin Luther King’s leadership, but it also tells of how the black people came together to defeat awful racism in the south. This video also gives hope that if you have a bad problem in your life, you can overcome it through persistence and non-violent means. Very inspirational. I loved the music.

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