USA/2011/105mins/12A. Dir: Susanne Rostock. With: Harry Belafonte.
Susanne Rostock’s biographical documentary presents the struggles, tragedies and, most of all, triumphs of the extraordinary singer, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte. He grew up, poverty-ridden, in Harlem and Jamaica, and after fighting in the Second World War realised he wanted a life in the arts.
Forging ahead to become a superstar singer and actor, it is his role as popular propagandist of the American civil rights movement that is most inspiring. At the front line of practically every progressive political battle in modern memory, he became close to some of the most talented and influential people of the latter half of the 20th Century.
"Moving and enlightening. It isn’t just the story of a man, but the story of a country and a century" - Variety