Soundtrack for a Revolution, a new documentary directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, opens this Friday, January 22nd, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s Rose Cinema.

Featuring music from the Roots, Anthony Hamilton with Blind Boys of Alabama, Wyclef Jean, John Legend and many others, Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through powerful music – the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, and shows riveting archival footage and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond and Ambassador Andrew Young.

The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church.  The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.  The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.

Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of this music, and with a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances, this is truly a film of significance, energy and power.

We’ll see you there!