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Screening Today In NYC – “Freedom Riders,” & “Rejoice And Shout”


From my inbox… a couple of film screenings at BAM Theaters in Brooklyn, NYC, both part of the BAMcinemaFEST film festival.

First, screening at 12:30pm today… a film previously profiled on this blog – Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson. From May until December 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives – many enduring savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way.

Second, screening at 3:30pm today, a film called Rejoice And Shout, directed by Don McGlynn. Featuring interviews with musicians like Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples, Ira Tucker, Marie Knight, and many more, Rejoice and Shout traces the history of gospel music from its beginnings on Southern plantations and Baptist churches to national prominence. Featuring a wealth of archival footage of legendary gospel acts such as Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Staples Singers, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Below are trailers for both:

Freedom Riders

Rejoice And Shout…

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