Apart from his role in American racial and class struggles from the 1950s onwards, Harry Belafonte (now 83) played a central role in popularizing struggles for justice on the African continent, especially against white racism in South Africa. Not just by hosting and advancing the careers of South African artists (Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela), making music about South Africa’s dictatorship (herehere and here for example) but also leading protests, and speaking and fundraising here in the United States. Belatedly Belafonte–he apparently resisted for a long while–is now the subject of a documentary, “Sing Your Song,” about his life. The film will screen at the Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, 25 June, at Lincoln Center here in New York City.   This link take you to some scenes from the film, here’s the film’s official site and its Facebook page. And below some video PR:

Belafonte  and the film’s director, Susanne Rostock, and producer, Gina Belafonte, interviewed on the Sundance Channel (the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival):


Belafonte interviewed by the AP at the film’s premiere in Park City:

And an interview with director Rostock:

Finally herehere and here are some early reviews.

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