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NIGHT JAMES BROWN SAVED BOSTON, THE

USA, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Backbeat)

Director: David Leaf

NIGHT JAMES BROWN SAVED BOSTON, THE

“It's that good, from the incredible opening sentence to the surprising ending. Don't miss it. Really.” - New York Post

On 4 April, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in one of the 20th century's momentous - and soul-destroying - events. That night, America's inner cities erupted in riots.

The racial powder keg of Boston was on the brink of all-out street war. James Brown, the ‘Godfather of Soul', was to perform live and public officials feared the worst. Boston's African-American community could view cancelling of the concert as a call-to-arms; instead, Boston's mayor asked Brown to allow his concert to be televised. He did, and showed the power of music to bring peace in the midst of chaos.

D David Leaf P David Leaf, Arlene Wszalek, Eric Kulberg, Morgan Neville S Morgan Neville WS FremantleMedia Enterprises TD digibeta/2008/74mins

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