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Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Leadbelly, Paul Robeson, Marge Champion ... see more see more... , Fran Scott Attaway , Nat 'King' Cole , Julian Bond , J. Edgar Hoover , Ed Sullivan , Dinah Shore , Steve Allen , George Schlatter , Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer , Dorothy Dandridge , Diahann Carroll , Mike Merrick , Joan Fontaine , Inger Stevens , Marlon Brando , Julie Belafonte , Coretta Scott King , Martin Luther King Jr. , Merv Griffin , John F. Kennedy , Odette , Gloria Lynne , Robert de Cormier , J. Richard Kennedy , Eleanor Roosevelt , Tom Mboya , Les Crane , Nelson Mandela , Miriam Makeba , Robert F. Kennedy , Charlton Heston , James Baldwin , Taylor Branch , Paul Newman , David Belafonte , Shari Belafonte , Gina Belafonte , John Lewis , Willie Blue , Fannie Lou Hamer , Anthony Perkins , Nipsey Russell , Tony Bennett , Shelley Winters , Sammy Davis Jr. , Nina Simone , Peter Paul And Mary , Joan Baez , Leon Bibb , Clarence Jones , Petula Clark , Whoopi Goldberg , Tom Smothers , Dick Smothers , Buffy Sainte-Marie , Dennis Banks , Russell Means , William Kunstler , Quincy Jones , Ken Kragen , Dr. Lloyd Greig , Muppets , Desmond Tutu , Bo Taylor , Nane Alejandrez , Marian Wright Edelman , Ruby Dee , Juan Pacheco , Kwabana Nixonng , Carmen Perez , Andrew Young , Adé Bantu , Abd Al Malik , Pamela Belafonte , David Dinkins, Sr.

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 h... read more read 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 celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth. -- (C) Official Site

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Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.

Directed by: Susanne Rostock

Release Date: January 13, 2012

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DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012

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  • November 14, 2011
    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. S... read moreo 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.
  • October 4, 2013
    "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 wit... read moreh 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.

    And your grandparents are right: Tony Bennett is cool.

Critic Reviews

Hank Stuever
August 30, 2012
Hank Stuever, Washington Post

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. Full Review

Verne Gay
August 30, 2012
Verne Gay, Newsday

By far the best parts are the first two-thirds, with the star taking center stage in history as it unfolds. Full Review

Ed Bark
August 30, 2012
Ed Bark, Uncle Barky

Abundant archival footage is in part a saving grace. Full Review

Matthew Gilbert
August 30, 2012
Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

Sing Your Song is beautifully directed by Susanne Rostock to be as much about the man as it is about his times. Full Review

David Wiegand
August 30, 2012
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

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. Full Review

Linda Stasi
August 30, 2012
Linda Stasi, New York Post

With excerpts of early clips of his first roles, to current interviews with him, the movie details a life of tremendous creativity and courage. Full Review

Cath Clarke
June 6, 2012
Cath Clarke, Time Out

What a man. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
January 26, 2012
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song" smoothly rewinds an inspirational life. Full Review

Peter Rainer
January 13, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The film's hagiographic tone is regrettable, but, it must be said, Belafonte's heroism is the real deal. Full Review

Betsy Sharkey
January 13, 2012
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

A film that while quite personal in its storytelling comes without the rigor or the power of an independent filmmaking voice. Full Review

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