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Wattstax (1973)

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USA | 103 min | R | 35mm | Dir. Mel Stuart

Filmed seven years after the Watts riots, Wattstax is a widely under-seen concert film that celebrates the intersection of community and music. The film centers around performances from a 1972 concert put on by the black recording label Stax, then in its twilight years. The performances include acts like The Staple Singers, Issac Hayes and Rufus Thomas. The focus isn't just music however. The film uses interviews with members of the Watts community, performances from Richard Pryor and the words of Jesse Jackson to reflect pressing issues within the black community in 1972.

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