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  • Summary: Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. (Louverture Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 9, 2014
    80
    Songs such as "We Shall Overcome," "Wade in the Water" and "This Little Light of Mine" are powerful to begin with. Listening to them, music-video-style, over footage shot during the era, however, elevates them.
  2. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 9, 2014
    75
    Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline.
  3. 75
    With young audiences definitely in mind, the film puts a fresh spin on the issues and struggles of the civil-rights movement.
  4. 63
    The film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    May 9, 2014
    63
    The music is the occasion, and it’s stirring. What linger, though, are the images — and the ideals and emotions they convey.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    More often than not, these musical interludes are more like distractions aimed only to entice younger audiences (not a terrible thing).
  7. Perhaps best suited for younger audiences, who will be more receptive to a vital history lesson only if it's given a music video-style treatment.

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