Racism, lynching, and murder vs passive resistance, faith, love, and music.
Mugshots of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King and beautifully restored historical footage are eloquent images used to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement. Facts become living history with first-person accounts from the people who marched in demonstrations and some who witnessed the assassination of Dr. King first-hand. But hearing the freedom songs while seeing these images made the film an intense emotional experience.
As part of the Doc Soup series playing at the Bloor Cinema, one of the directors, Bill Guttentag, was there to answer questions after the screening. This interview in the Torontoist explores the choice of using modern artists to introduce a younger generation to those times - lest we forget. Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and The Roots were amazing.... but Richie Havens, the Blind boys of Alabama and Harry Belafonte also made appearances.
The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award: