Twenty Feet from Stardom
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville’s Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom shines a spotlight on the world of the unsung backing singers behind some great musical legends. Uplifting and heartbreaking, the film is a tribute to the voices from the edge, and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career as an individual artist versus one spent harmonising with others. Twenty Feet from Stardom is ostensibly about great music, but it touches on the issues of civil rights, highlighting how racism and segregation were reflected in the music scene.
Director: Morgan Neville
90 minutes, 2013, USA
After the screening of the film, Watershed will be holding Ain’t No Stopping, a live music night in the Café/Bar from 22:00 – 00:00, hosted by ‘Doctah’ Edson Burton in partnership with Ujima Radio. Join DJ Mike Ashley (Soul Freedom) and a cast of Bristol’s most talented singers and spoken word artists celebrating the songs that inspired generations.
Part of Come the Revolution… a series of screenings, discussions and special events to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of minister, author, self-made man, political activist and civil rights leader – the complex, controversial and charismatic Malcolm X.