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Sing Your Song (2012)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
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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. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands on activist, who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized

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Sing Your Song is broad and complete, but like most biographical documentaries of legendary performers that we've seen of late, it is also hagiographic.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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By far the best parts are the first two-thirds, with the star taking center stage in history as it unfolds.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Abundant archival footage is in part a saving grace.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
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Sing Your Song is beautifully directed by Susanne Rostock to be as much about the man as it is about his times.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The portrait of Belafonte that emerges from the film is also the portrait of the times of his life, the times of the nation's life in the past 60 years.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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With excerpts of early clips of his first roles, to current interviews with him, the movie details a life of tremendous creativity and courage.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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With Belafonte narrating his own story, Sing Your Song increasingly feels more like a personal memoir than objective insight.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

[Belafonte] emerges at the end as a man of bravery and probity, a formidable contributor and witness to his times.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The snag is his own narration, which gilds the lily - and the closer we get to the present, the more everyone drifts into "yes, we can" soundbites.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

An admirable man, and an admirable film about him.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This is a fascinating portrait of a man who has always had the courage of his convictions.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The man has lived an incredible life, and this comprehensive doc conveys that in compelling fashion.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The man's good works are plain to see, but his personality remains an enigma.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

A rewarding watch and an inspirational, informative history lesson which begins more strongly than it ends.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

While it's fascinating, it feels a bit heavy-handed.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There's so much more to Belafonte than the Banana Boat Song and Rostock does a fine job revealing it in a fitting celebration of a mighty talent.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Belafonte is the real deal, an optimistic and inspiring hero whose life story and career narrative is also a journey of civil and human rights struggles and accomplishments.

May 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

Proves an inspiring watch, even if it does rather gloss over how his wives and children fit into the picture.

May 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This timely and thorough account of the extraordinary life of Harry Belafonte finds so much in its subject that it almost suffers by an over-abundance of material.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
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Audience Reviews for Sing Your Song

Probably one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I love how passionate Harry Belafonte is about his activism in human rights - and he surely continue to inspire us and other entertainers. Really glad I get to know him because of this film, such a courageous human being. So many great quotes that I could get from this film. The most important thing that I get from watching this is we have to stick up to our ideals, no matter how hard the circumstances are. Watched this film from the 55th BFI London Film Festival.
November 14, 2011

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"Sing Your Song" is an illuminating documentary about the life, times and career of Harry Belafonte. Whereas some people like Bill Clinton only think of him as a very talented singer, there is much more to him, like his selfless activism which the movie focuses on that began with an eye-opening visit to the South and his first experiences with Jim Crow laws. So, he went to work to end desegregation in the civil rights movement, plus in his musical acts.(For example, there is a clip of him singing Hava Nagila.) But his experiences do not end there, as he has lately been expressing interest in the high number of minorities in prison in this country. All of which has not been without setbacks, as Belafonte also had to battle network censors in less enlightened days and before cable television but "The Smothers Brothers" having him singing Calypso in front of scenes of police riots just looked like they wanted to get fired at that point.(Although, if you have to go, that's the way to go.) So, whereas it is fair to assume the FBI was watching Belafonte like all other civil rights activists, the evidence the documentary has against one possible informer is spurious to say the least.

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