Sing Your Song

Sing Your Song

Director: Susanne Rostock Cast: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Leadbelly
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Sing Your Song

Harry Belafonte rose to fame in the 1950s as a singer and actor, bringing the Caribbean sounds of Calypso music to the charts years before anyone coined the phrase "world music," and starring in a handful of hit movies, including Carmen Jones and Buck and the Preacher. However, for Belafonte fame and wealth were never as important as the opportunities they created for him to make the world a better and more just place, and he's nearly as well known for his work as an activist as for his career in the arts. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr., fought against apartheid in South Africa long before it was common, spoke out for economic justice in America and abroad, raised money for famine relief in Africa, and condemned Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunt (and was blacklisted for his troubles). Filmmaker Susanne Rostock offers a portrait of Belafonte as an artist, activist, and individual in the documentary Sing Your Song, in which he discusses his music and acting, what drove him to become an activist, the remarkable men and women he's worked with over the decades, and the triumphs and disappointments of his personal life. Sing Your Song was an official selection at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
UPC: 0767685269077
Original Release: 2011
Source: New Video Group
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 52,056

Special Features

Interview with Harry Belafonte; Full-length music performance ; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Belafonte Participant
Sidney Poitier Participant
Leadbelly Actor
Paul Robeson Actor
Marge Champion Participant
Fran Scott Attaway Participant
Nat "King" Cole Actor
Julian Bond Participant
J. Edgar Hoover Actor
Ed Sullivan Actor
Dinah Shore Actor
Steve Allen Actor
George Schlatter Participant
Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer Participant
Dorothy Dandridge Actor
Diahann Carroll Participant
Mike Merrick Participant
Joan Fontaine Participant
Inger Stevens Actor
Marlon Brando Actor
Julie Belafonte Participant
Coretta Scott King Actor
Martin Luther King Actor
Merv Griffin Actor
John F. Kennedy Actor
Odette Actor
Gloria Lynne Participant
Robert DeCormier Participant
J. Richard Kennedy Participant
Eleanor Roosevelt Actor
Tom Mboya Actor
Crane Actor
Nelson Mandela Participant
Miriam Makeba Actor
Robert F. Kennedy Actor
Charlton Heston Actor
James Baldwin Actor
Taylor Branch Participant
Paul Newman Actor
David Belafonte Participant
Shari Belafonte Participant
Gina Belafonte Participant
John Lewis Participant
Willie Blue Participant
Fannie Lou Hamer Actor
Anthony Perkins Actor
Nipsey Russell Actor
Tony Bennett Participant
Shelley Winters Actor
Sammy Davis Actor
Nina Simone Actor
Peter, Paul and Mary Actor
Joan Baez Participant
Leon Bibb Participant
Clarence Jones Actor
Petula Clark Participant
Whoopi Goldberg Participant
Tom Smothers Participant
Dick Smothers Participant
Buffy Sainte-Marie Participant
Dennis Banks Participant
Russell Means Actor
William Kunstler Actor
Quincy Jones Actor
Ken Kragen Participant
Lloyd Greig Participant
Muppets Actor
Desmond Tutu Participant
Bo Taylor Participant
Nane Alejandrez Participant
Marian Wright Edelman Participant
Ruby Dee Participant
Juan Pacheco Participant
Kwabana Nixonng Participant
Carmen Perez Participant
Andrew Young Participant
Adé Bantu Participant
Abd Al Malik Participant
Pamela Belafonte Participant
David Dinkins Participant

Technical Credits
Susanne Rostock Director,Editor
Gina Belafonte Producer
Jim Brown Producer
Michael Cohl Producer
William Eigen Producer
Karol Martesko-Fenster Consultant/advisor
Julius R. Nasso Producer
Jason L. Pollard Editor
Hahn Rowe Score Composer
Sage Scully Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sing Your Song
1. A Place of Social Truth [8:51]
2. History in Richmond [9:06]
3. National Recognition [5:26]
4. New Taboos [10:16]
5. Black Folklore [8:03]
6. A Focus on Africa [7:02]
7. A Shift Taking Place [7:39]
8. Freedom Summer 1964 [7:21]
9. The March to Montgomery [11:01]
10. Liberal Views [3:18]
12. The Conditions of Our Children [10:29]
13. Closing Credits [4:02]

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Sing Your Song 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought I was going to get a review of the life of one of the singers I admired most.  Got what I expected and a whole lot more...amazed that he's still going strong in his eighties and still calling us to action....hope to meet that call!