Soundtrack for a Revolution

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Released 2009

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Director:
Bill Guttentag , Dan Sturman
Released:
2009
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A fresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION 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, The Roots and Joss Stone reinvigorate and reinvent timeless songs like "We Shall Overcome" and "Wade in the Water."

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  • 70

    The New York Times

    It's the kind of film that will have audiences clapping and singing along. And why not? The images and stories may be familiar, but it's history worth retelling.

  • 63

    New York Post Kyle Smith

    The film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferso...

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Perhaps best suited for younger audiences, who will be more receptive to a vital history lesson only if it's given a music video-style treatment.

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    Arts, Documentary, Music

    Themes

    Culture, History, African-American Heritage