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Wattstax (N/C 15+)

24 August

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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Commemorating the seventh anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots, the legendary Stax Records organised a one-off benefit concert taking place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Bringing together scores of African-American icons from genres such as soul, gospel, R&B, blues, funk and jazz, the event was a social, intellectual and emotional response to decades of oppression and marked the biggest music event of the Black Power era. Featuring Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, Richard Pryor and many more, the whole event was captured by Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and nominated for Best Documentary at the 1974 Golden Globes.

  • Director Mel Stuart
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h43m
  • Country USA
  • Year of production 1973
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