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REJOICE & SHOUT

USA, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Backbeat)

Director: Donald McGlynn

“Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.” - Mahalia Jackson

Take a foot-stompin' journey into the heart and soul of gospel music from seasoned music documentary filmmaker Don McGlynn (The Howlin' Wolf Story). Combining archival footage, rare recordings, interviews with gospel luminaries and a lot of great music, Rejoice and Shout is a celebration of a musical movement that spans 200 years and has influenced everyone from Al Green to Elvis Presley.

From spirited performances by the legendary Mahalia Jackson, Smokey Robinson and The Staples Singers to rarely-seen footage of acts such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The Golden Gate Quartet, a dazzling range of gospel talent is featured in one of the most extensive histories of the genre ever put to film.

D Donald McGlynn P Joe Lauro WS Magnolia Pictures TD digibeta/2010

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