Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender identity, and religion. Music—from rap to gospel—are also strong components of each film.
Amazing Grace (2018) is concert film of Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live album of the same name. Directed by Sydney Pollack and later realized by producer Alan Elliott, Franklin sings live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where she is accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir.
Guest performers include James Cleveland, C. L. Franklin, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, and Clara Ward, with cameos by Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts.
Stay for the talkback led by Oberlin Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Fredara Hadley and Professor (ret) of Religion A.G. Miller.