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The Apollo

  •   Roger Ross Williams
  •   United States
  •   Black Perspectives, Documentary

This stirring and soulful tribute to the iconic Harlem venue charts its history and continuing relevance as the country’s foremost showcase for African-American performers. Skillfully blending rousing archival clips—including Ella Fitzgerald and Lauryn Hill, both performing as teenagers at “Amateur Night”—with memorable testimonials from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson, Oscar®-nominated director Roger Ross Williams creates a moving portrait of black cultural life.

“It’s a worthy salute to the theater’s role in sustaining African American performance art through periods of great turmoil, and provides a conduit for exploring how a beacon for black achievement functions from the inside out.”

Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Producer Lisa Cortés


Film Patron

Logo: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 241x75

Event Information

Saturday, October 26, 2019

  •   102 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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