Brando helped inspire documentary film: Belafonte

US civil rights activist and singer Harry Belafonte says Marlon Brando’s death was one trigger for his decision to make a documentary reflecting the events of his own life.

The 83-year-old Belafonte presented the film, “Sing Your Song,” at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday. It is directed by Susanne Rostock and co-produced by his daughter, Gina. Belafonte was close in his youth to Brando, who died in 2004.

He says that little is known about the actor’s work as a social activist, and when Brando died he was saddened not just at losing a friend and a great artist «but that also the history books had lost a story.» Belafonte says his daughter also was pressing him to make a film about his life and document the people with whom he has shared it.

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