Film Screening: Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte (2012)
Told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary Sing Your Song surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth. Because of his beliefs, Belafonte drew unwarranted invasions by the FBI into both his personal life and career, which led to years of struggle. But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path even today as he continues to ask, at 90, "What do we do now?" This film is written and directed by Susanne Rostock.
This program is part of a film series presented in collaboration with the National Archives at Kansas City, Greater KC Black History Study Group and Kansas City PBS.