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Soundtrack for a Revolution

Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church; music crucial in helping the protesters to face down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. Performers: Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Angie Stone, Joss Stone, Mary Mary, the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir, Wyclef Jean, Richie Havens, The Roots, John Legend. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. 2009. 82 min.