Soundtrack for a Revolution explores the civil rights struggle through the powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation. A story circle with former Civil Rights Movement participants will follow the film, including Dortha "Dodie" Smith-Simmons, Raphael Cassimere Jr., and Tufara Muhammad. The story circle will be moderated by Stephanie McKee, Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, co-presenter of Soundtrack ’63.
ABOUT THE FILM
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, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young.
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. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.
Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of this music. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, Soundtrack for a Revolution is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances—a film of significance, energy, and power.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development; a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and grants from Alternate ROOTS supported by The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. This project is also made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org