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WATTSTAX
Monday, Aug 22, 2022 5:45 PM
Dir. Mel Stuart | USA | 1973 | 102 min. | NR | DCP
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General Admission General Admission - $12.50
General Admission Senior - $10.50
General Admission Child - $10.50
General Admission Military/K-12 Teacher (w/ID) - $10.50
General Admission Group Sale - $11.50

 
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Fifty years ago this week, a roster including the Staples Singers, Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and Isaac Hayes (on his birthday) took to the stage of the L.A. Coliseum and an audience of 100,000 in a concert put together by Stax Records in commemoration of the 1965 riots in the Los Angeles community of Watts — all captured here in this electrifying concert  film. Also appearing: Richard Pryor, Albert King, Little Milton, and more.

“...A time capsule par excellence, one that starts with a young, afro-haloed Jesse Jackson leading the crowd in his signature anthem ‘I Am Somebody,’ and concludes with Hayes' charismatic renditions of ‘Shaft’ and ‘Soulsville.’ In between is a living, breathing record of black America coming into its own in a self-confident, aware and angry way.” —Desson Howe, Washington Post (2003)