This film unearths Harry Belafonte’s significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.
Harry Belafonte's career as actor and singer takes a back seat to his impassioned social activism in a detailed portrait of the ‘Day-O’ crooner. Be it civil rights, apartheid or famine in Africa, the indefatigable octogenarian (84) can always be depended on to fight the good fight, even when dealing with such thorny modern concerns as black incarceration and gang violence.
The interviews, a “Who’s Who” of political and entertainment celebrity, feature performers like Tony Bennett, Ruby Dee, Miriam Makeba and Sidney Poitier, whose stories and star wattage are balanced by the heft provided by the likes of the historian Taylor Branch.
All four of Mr. Belafonte’s children as well as his second wife, Julie Belafonte, also appear intermittently to plug in some holes and gently hint at the cost that his busy life exacted on the family.
USA · 2011 · Susanne Rostock · 104min