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Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

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82 min | Documentary, History, Music

Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Features new performances of...See moreTells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists; archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. 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. This film celebrates the vitality of this music. Written by Anonymous See less
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Apr 24, 2009 (United States)

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Anthony Hamilton
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Harry Belafonte
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John Lewis
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Andrew Young
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Lynda Lowery
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Julian Bond
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C.T. Vivian
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John Seigenthaler
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Dorothy Cotton
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Candie Carawan
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Guy Carawan
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Jamila Jones
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Dorie Ladner
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James M. Lawson Jr.
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Charles McDew
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Harold Middlebrook
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Charles Neblett
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Hank Thomas
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Emmett Till
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7.6 / 10 | 261 votes