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A free film screening for Soundtrack for a Revolution, a docudrama exploring the civil rights struggle through powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation.
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Tickets: Free admission
Offered as companion programming for the new special exhibit For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the docudrama Soundtrack for a Revolution is a fresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history. The film explores the civil rights struggle through the powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation. In this deeply moving documentary, legends of the fight for equal rights such as Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, testify to the indispensable role that songs of rebellion and hope played in helping activists fight against brutality and injustice. In riveting studio performances, top contemporary artists including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Blind Boys of Alabama & Anthony Hamilton, Richie Havens, The Roots and Joss Stone reinvigorate and reinvent timeless songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water.”
Through a creative combination of historical footage, deeply personal interviews and heartfelt performances, Soundtrack for a Revolution makes an original, emotionally stirring contribution to the civil rights story. This stunning film is a testament to the vitality of music in the lives and times of those who strive for justice.
Run time: 82 minutes
ACADEMY AWARD® SHORTLIST; INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION AWARDS FINALIST: IDA Music Documentary Award, IDA Pare Lorentz Award, IDA ABC/VideoSource Award; WINNER, Vancouver International Film Festival ROGERS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD; WINNER, Chicago International Film Festival GOLD PLAQUE FOR DIRECTION; WINNER, Morelia International Film Festival AUDIENCE AWARD;
NOMINEE, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam DOC U! AWARD