Sing Your Song
In the 1950s, Harry Belafonte became a wildly popular actor and entertainer. He was the first African-American to win an Emmy award (in 1959), for the first in a series of Tonight With Belafonte TV specials.
Alongside his success as the most famous American exponent of Calypso music, the Harlem-born son of Jamaican immigrant parents became a key insider of the '60s Civil Rights movement and continues to be a vocal activist for social justice.
Susanne Rostock's exhaustively assembled portrait, narrated largely by Belafonte himself, includes rare footage of performances with South African Miriam Makeba and Jim Henson's Muppets. It also includes footage of a 1968 television appearance with Petula Clark that the program's sponsor notoriously tried to have pulled off air.
Candid reflections by Belafonte's second wife, Julie Robinson, his children and actors including Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Sidney Poitier also feature in this fascinating portrait.