Soundtrack For A Revolution (2009)



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History, passion, and battle that was the Civil Rights Movement, brought to life by the music that it inspired, and that inspired it. Sung by some of today.s greatest artists: John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, & more.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Soundtrack For A Revolution

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

The contemporary music sequences are a distraction from the heart of the movie: truly astounding archival footage of speeches, marches, and demonstrations.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
Washington Post
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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
Seattle Times
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An elegantly crafted new documentary.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2010
New York Post
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Essentially a condensed, lightly airbrushed, skillfully assembled history of the civil rights movement, with musical interludes.

January 21, 2010
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Soundtrack For A Revolution

Amazingly sad/beautiful movie. Exceptionally well done. It was really good the way which it portrays the story about the civil rights movement. The musicians chosen to perform the songs were very well selected. It was impressive to see/hear the emotions from all the musicians.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

Interesting visuals of archival footage manipulated to make it appear as if the viewer is looking at a 3-d photograph.

Manisha Devi
Manisha Devi

Just saw this terrific documentary appropriately before MLK weekend. It's another look at the US Civil Rights Movement but takes a different slant by showcasing the songs of the era that helped inspired the movement. Interspersed amongst the archival footage are performances of the old songs interpreted by contemporary artists. With the limited running time of the movie, it is unfortunate that other aspects of the Civil Rights Movement couldn't be included, but the film provides a riveting look and sounds of the times.

Peter Lee
Peter Lee

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