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Say Amen, Somebody

Exuberant, joyous and deeply moving, this acclaimed documentary celebrates American gospel music, spotlighting giants of the business Willie Mae Ford Smith and Thomas A Dorsey.

Dir George T Nierenberg
Prod George T Nierenberg, Karen Nierenberg
USA
1982
101min
Sales Milestone Film & Video

In this masterful and beautifully restored observational music documentary, George T Nierenberg captures show-stopping musical performances interwoven with fascinating intimate, behind-the-scenes personal moments. With unrivalled access, the film pays tribute to the lives and careers of the movement’s luminaries. These include ‘Mother’ Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel’s diva and earth mother – a skilful singer and preacher who championed equality for women – and ‘Professor’ Thomas A Dorsey, a blues player who turned to the church and also became a prolific composer, songbook publisher and concert organiser. Spotlighting the work of other artists such as Sallie Martin, the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins, this extraordinarily infectious and deeply emotional concert film is a truly uplifting experience.

Julie Pearce

Additional information

Restored to 4K by Metropolis Post and Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. With restored Dolby Stereo and 5.1 soundtracks by Audio Mechanics.

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