- Sun 20 Aug 2017
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- British Council John Grierson Documentary Series
- Free entry, donations appreciated
- Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
- Rated: PG
This documentary traces the story of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles fought by young African-American activists with an emphasis on the power of music.
Soundtrack for a Revolution 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.
It 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.
UK, 2009, Rated PG, 82 min., Dir. Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman