Bijou to offer free screening of Sing Your Song Feb. 7

What: A screening of Sing Your Song

When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7

Where: Bijou Cinema, Iowa Memorial Union

Admission: free

What’s the film about?: Sing Your Song is an up-close look at Harry Belafonte. The film charts his life from a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica, who returns to Harlem in his early teens where he discovers the American Negro Theater and the magic of performing. From there the film follows Belafonte’s rise from the jazz and folk clubs of Greenwich Village and Harlem to his emergence as a star. However, even as a superstar, the life of a black man in 1960s America was far from easy and Belafonte was confronted with the same Jim Crow laws and prejudices that every other black man, woman and child in America was facing.

Among other things, the film presents a brief look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of an insider, someone who despite his high profile, wasn’t afraid to spend time in the trenches.

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