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Charles Bradley: Soul Of America (2012)

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Filmmaker Poull Brien presents this stirring profile of soul singer Charles Bradley, who became an unlikely star at the age of 62, when his debut album No Time for Dreaming was named one of Rolling Stone magazine's top 50 albums of 2011. Abandoned by his parents as a youth, Bradley endured hardship and poverty while growing up on the streets and performing James Brown covers. For 48 years his dreams of stardom remained just out of reach, yet through it all Bradley never gave up hope that one day he would find success. That day ultimately came when he decided to ditch the James Brown act, and find his own voice. Now, as Bradley turns 62, Brien turns his camera on the unlikely star whose powerful voice has stirred the souls of music lovers and cynical critics alike. Over the course of the following months, Brien's lens captures all the joy of Bradley's late-life success, and offers inspirational testament to the power of dreams.

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Critic Reviews for Charles Bradley: Soul Of America

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"Why is it so hard," he sings, not just about his own plight, "to make it in America." It's a question from the gut and from the heart, which are same places the film aims for, and hits so well.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Offers a vivid working-class backdrop and a voice expressive enough to wow the most demanding Soul music fans.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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Bradley's tenacity is inspiring, and the music is excellent to boot.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Oregonian

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