Sing Your Song (image 1)

He takes all our struggles and makes them his own.

Miriam Makeba

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Sing Your Song 2011

Directed by Susanne Rostock

With intimacy, style and classic performance clips, Susanne Rostock’s documentary surveys the inspiring life of singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte. “Personal, candid, historic, and impassioned.” — Reverse Shot

USA In English
103 minutes Colour and B&W

Director

Producers

Michael Cohl
,
Gina Belafonte
,
Jim Brown
,
William Eigen
,
Julius R. Nasso

Photography

Bobby Shepherd
,
Jim Brown
,
Peter Pilafian

Editors

Susanne Rostock
,
Jason L. Pollard

Music

Hahn Rowe

With

Harry Belafonte
,
Julian Bond
,
Sidney Poitier
,
Taylor Branch
,
Tom Smothers
,
Desmond Tutu
,
Shari Belafonte
,
David Belafonte
,
Mike Merrick
,
Diahann Carroll

Festivals

Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca 2011

Elsewhere

“With remarkable intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, Susanne Rostock’s documentary surveys the inspiring life of singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement. Rostock reveals Belafonte to be a tenacious 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 youth incarceration. Belafonte’s beliefs elicited unwarranted invasions by the FBI into both his personal life and career, leading to years of struggle with the powers that be.” — Film Society of Lincoln Center

“Produced by Michael Cohl (Pete Seeger: The Power of Song) and Harry’s daughter, Gina Belafonte, Sing Your Song is film hagiography at its very best: personal, candid, historic, and impassioned.” — Damon Smith, Reverse Shot