This is my entry for “S” in the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Throughout April I will be watching and reviewing a documentary movie from A to Z. Some other “S” documentaries I’ve reviewed are Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne, Secrets of Underground London, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, and Stop Making Sense
Title: Soundtrack for a Revolution
Release Date: April 24, 2009
Director: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman
Production Company: Freedom Song Productions
This documentary traces the Civil Rights Movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March from Selma to Montgomery through the songs that sustained activists during marches, sit-ins, and jail sentences. These songs include “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “Woke Up This Morning,” “Eyes on the Prize,” “Oh Freedom,” and “We Shall Overcome.” Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement including John Lewis, Andrew Young, Harry Belafonte, Lynda Lowery, and Lula Joe Williams share stories of the Civil Rights Movement and the specific instances of singing the songs. The movie also includes performances by contemporary artists such as Wyclef Jean, Richie Havens, The Roots, Joss Stone, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and John Legend recording their interpretations of these freedom songs. I have to say that the polished performances of these artists lack the passion and joy of the amateurs singing them in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement.
What Can One Learn From Watching This Documentary:
The power of song is strong and fueled revolutionary changes to our nation, and can do so again.
If You Like This You Might Also Want To …:
If you have any interest in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement, I highly reccomend the documentary series Eyes on the Prize. The docudrama Selma is also a good movie and it captures the importance of music to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the many others who marched from Selma to Montgomery. The radio show/podcast Sound Opionions also did an excellent episode about the music of the Civil Rights era.
2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – Documentary Films, Part II
B: Being Elmo
C: Central Park Five
D: Dear Mr. Watterson
E: The Endless Summer
F: F for Fake
G: Grey Gardens
H: High School
I: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
J: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
L: The Last Waltz
M: Man With a Movie Camera
N: Nanook of the North
Q: Quest: A Portrait of an American Family
R: Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:
- 2016: A journey through my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in Boston.
- 2017: A spontaneous photograph each day.
- 2018: Watched and reviewed documentary movies.
And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:
- Book Reviews
- Movie Reviews
- Beer Reviews
- Music Reviews and Writing
- City Stories, expository writing about my experiences in various cities
And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.