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Pay What You Decide: The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show + recorded Q&A with Gina Belafonte (12)

10 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


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Brought to GFT as part of The New Black Film Collective’s Reel Roots programme, this is the story of a monumental week in television history.

While the USA was embroiled in a divisive election with racial tensions flaring, Civil Rights activist and trailblazing performer Harry Belafonte guest-hosted The Tonight Show for one week in 1968.

By then, Johnny Carson had turned this pioneering late night show into one of the most powerful platforms of communication. In an unprecedented move, Belafonte took a predominantly white institution, The Tonight Show, and transformed it into a multicultural and political experience.

Award-winning director Yoruba Richen examines the importance of this lost broadcast history through vibrant interviews with Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, and guests who appeared that week including Petula Clark, Dionne Warwick and Freda Payne.

The Sit-In features rare archival footage including interviews with Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy, which are among the last television appearances before both were assassinated.

The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Harry’s daughter Gina Belafonte.

About Reel Roots: Black History Month

Curated by The New Black Film Collective with support from Film Hub Scotland, Reel Roots: Black History Month screens bold films that highlight and celebrate strength in Black experiences, with a focus on inspirational lives.

Support Indie Cinema - Pay What You Decide

This is a Support Indie Cinema - Pay What You Decide Screening. Come to the film and you can pay what you like.

  • Book online or over the counter up until 2 hours before the performance start time. Maximum of 2 tickets per person (subject to availability).
  • A customer account with which includes an email address (or contact phone number) will be required to participate in this initiative.
  • You may be contacted online after the screening to provide feedback.
  • You will be able to pay your chosen sum on leaving the screening. For the purposes of speed and convenience, cash payments would be preferred, but a contactless option will also be available.

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  • Director Yoruba Richen
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2020
  • Running Time 1h17m + 23m Q&A
  • Certificate 12 - racism, moderate violence, injury detail

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