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Say Amen, Somebody

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Say Amen, Somebody

“The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.” (David Denby, New York Magazine)

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is an infectiously joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”), pioneering singer Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, the Barrett Sisters, and the O’Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world. Unseen in cinemas for nearly 30 years, Say Amen, Somebody has received a gorgeous 4K restoration.

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

This film is part of the Sounds of Summer 2019: Music Films, Old and New series.



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