United States 2014, 120 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

James Brown was so much more than a superstar. He played a major role in the African American Civil Rights Movement and the larger-than-life persona he created on stage and TV inspired his audience to “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.” The story is that Brown appeared to be stillborn, only to be resuscitated by his aunt. Raised in abject poverty, he worked as a shoeshine boy from the age of nine. At fifteen, he was arrested for stealing and sent to juvenile detention. He owed his huge success to his incredible talent, but also to sheer determination, which pushed him to play at clubs that belittled him for being “Colored.” Set against a soundtrack of his finest performances, friends and fellow musicians share their stories about Brown, the demanding professional, who could be a tyrant when it came to creating his revolutionary sound. They also talk about his charisma, which led Martin Luther King himself to recruit Brown to “the Cause.”

Previous Festivals: IDFA, CPH:DOX

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Director: Alex Gibney
Production: Blair Foster, Peter Afterman, Victoria Pearman, Mick Jagger
Production Company: Jigsaw Productions, Jagged Films, Inaudible Films
Script: N/a
Editing: Alex Keipper
Cinematography: Maryse Alberti
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