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Bill Guttentag's documentary examines the importance of music during the U.S. civil rights movement that took place during the 1950s and '60s. The various sit-ins and public demonstrations of the era incorporated protest songs, folk tunes and spirituals, music that was a crucial part of the movement. Guttentag uses archival footage and interviews to connect specific songs (covered by artists including the Roots and John Legend) to specific events, such as the Montgomery bus boycott.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • The contemporary music sequences are a distraction from the heart of the movie: truly astounding archival footage of speeches, marches, and demonstrations.

    May 27, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline.

    April 30, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Soundtrack may very well be the finest, broad history on film of the Southern Freedom Movement years as measured from the Montgomery bus boycott (beginning in 1955) to the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968).

    April 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/4
  • An elegantly crafted new documentary.

    February 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Tthe film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore.

    January 22, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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