“Sing Your Song”: Documentary on Harry Belafonte

Wonderfully archived, and 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, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social-justice movements. Director Susanne 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 82, “What do we do now?” His example may very well inspire you to action.

The film is on competition at the Sundance Film Festival

For the original report go to http://www.indiewire.com/article/meet_the_2011_sundance_filmmakers_sing_your_song_director_susanne_rostock/

3 thoughts on ““Sing Your Song”: Documentary on Harry Belafonte

  1. Congratulations to Ms. Rostock for presenting to the world an in-depth portrayal of
    the life and life-work of my dear friend.
    As you must know, most people know him only as a performer; in some circles, he is
    called a trouble-maker.
    Thank you
    J. Hamilton Grandison
    P.S.-When you see Harry, please give him my very best.-JHG

    1. Hello Mr Hamilton,

      I am a long time Philadelphia, PA record collector.

      I have a Joe Van Loan 45 rpm record “Brotherhood”/“You Must Believe” on the Sudaja label. Both sides were arranged by Hamilton Grandison. Is that you?

      If so, do you remember the year it was recorded and released? None of my record collecting crew ever heard of the Sudaja label. It was a New York label, 1619 Broadway, Room 403.

      As an R & B vocal group collector, Joe Van Loan was great. He sang lead when The Ravens recorded for Mercury.

      Hope all is well with you and yours.

      Respectfully yours,

      Carl Tancredi, Philadephia record collector

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