Camera as Witness Presents documentary SING YOUR SONG

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Camera as Witness Stanford Arts presents series MOVING FORWARD co-presented with ACLU Social Justice Committee Stanford student group, Stanford Film Society and the World House Project – Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law celebrating the life and work of this year’s UNAFF Visionary Award recipient Harry Belafonte 


(USA, 105 min)

Director: Susan Rostock Producer: Michael Cohl

Sing Your Song is an up-close look at a great American, Harry Belafonte. A patriot to the last and a champion for worldwide human rights, Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past sixty years. Told from Harry’s point of view, the film charts his life from a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica, who returns to Harlem in his early teens where he discovers the American Negro Theater and the magic of performing. From there the film follows Belafonte’s rise from the jazz and folk clubs of Greenwich Village and Harlem to his emergence as a star. However, even as a superstar, the life of a black man in 1960s America was far from easy, and Belafonte was confronted with the same Jim Crow laws and prejudices that every other black man, woman and child in America was facing. Among other things, the film presents a brief look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of an insider, someone who, despite his high profile, was not afraid to spend time in the trenches. From Harlem to Mississippi to Africa and South Central Los Angeles, Sing Your Song takes us on a journey through Harry Belafonte’s life, work and most of all, his conscience, as it inspires us all to action.

Please join us for the conversation with professor Clayborne Carson, a professor of history at Stanford and the founder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Stanford Arts Camera as Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.

FREE and open to the vaccinated and mask-wearing public. No RSVP required. 

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