Directed by William Greaves
Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.
This film will be released on October 23 in a combination of theaters and virtual cinemas. Click here to find a Kino Marquee virtual cinema supporting a theater near you, or scroll down for additional theaters and virtual cinemas showing the film.
"Buzzes with long-term historical power."
"This rousing and revelatory documentary celebrates a diversity of black voices, finding support and solidarity even amid expected tensions and divisions."
"The 52-year filmmaking career of Greaves has resulted in an immense, multi-faceted body of work. Greaves was able to defy social, racial and economic barriers to become one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers of his era."
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