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Say Amen, Somebody
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Say Amen, Somebody
Fri Sep 13: 8.00pm
Sat Sep 14: 8.00pm
Sun Sep 15: 8.00pm
Mon Sep 16: 3.00pm
Tue Sep 17: 3.00pm
Wed Sep 18: 7.30pm
Thu Sep 19: 7.30pm

George T. Nierenberg
1h 40m
Series - Music in Motion

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenbergs masterpiece  a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (Precious Lord, Take My Hand); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the ONeal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

Unseen in cinemas for nearly thirty years, Say Amen, Somebody has been gorgeously restored to 4K by Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. The new restoration features brilliantly restored Dolby Stereo and 5.1 soundtracks!

Description courtesy of Milestone Films.

Black & white images © 2012 George T. Nierenberg
Coor image © 2019 George T. Nierenberg

One of the most joyful movies Ive ever seen.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The films mood is never less than marvelously infectious.  Richard Schickel, Time

The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.  David Denby, New York Magazine

Quoting Willie Mae Ford Smith: I just have a feeling within You cant help yourself. It goes between the marrow and the bones. I feel like I could fly [the film] has the same uplifting effect on its audience.  Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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