Tag Archives: Archie Shepp

William Klein – Festival panafricain d’Alger aka The Panafrican Festival in Algiers (1969)

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Staged in Algiers, the first Pan-African Cultural Festival was a momentous event, bringing together musicians and dancers from throughout the continent with many first-worlders joining in the jams. It was a moment of great postcolonial jubilation as representatives of national liberation movements converged on an Algeria that had gained its independence just seven years earlier. This energetic doc includes such luminaries of the moment as Amilcar Cabral, a writer who led the struggle in Guinea-Bissau; Miriam Makeba, the great African singer who was then married to Stokely Carmichael; Houari Boumédienne, Algeria’s military dictator; Stanislas Adotevi, the Benin philosopher who penned Negritude and Negrologists; and Eldridge Cleaver, who was living in Algiers, overseeing the Black Panther contingent at the festival. Klein’s coverage captures the astounding cultural mix, but also the militant resolve that permeated the gathering, making agit-appropriate correlations to the United States and its own colonial misadventure, the Vietnam War. Read More »

Ron Mann – Imagine the Sound (1981)

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This award-winning film is an art exposition brought to life. In paying tribute to the seveteran jazz pioneers, it adds an important chapter to the history of the jazz documentary and Paul Bley. Called the “The jazz film” by Canada’s The Globe and Mail and compared to The Last Waltz, Imagine the Sound is an exuberant profile of four legendary figures associated with the jazz avant-garde of the sixties–Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon Read More »