Life of the Party: HBO Showcases Harry Belafonte

by Editorial

Harry Belafonte has been the subject of the Hollywood spotlight, civil rights activism and most recently, an HBO Documentary.
By Kate Faherty

MPAA's Chris Dodd and Harry Belafonte at the D.C. premier of Sing Your Song. Photo by Ralph Alswang.

Harry Belafonte’s influence runs far and deep. That is evident in a new HBO documentary based on his life, Sing Your Song. The movie premiers October 17th at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Belafonte’s political and social views are clearly and strongly portrayed in the film, which opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film features interviews with Belafonte’s close friends and family, mostly his children.

The storyline in Sing Your Song portrays Belafonte’s private life in detail and is also paralleled by his actions and influence on social justice. Throughout the civil rights movement, Belafonte was a link between Hollywood’s celebrities and the movement’s political leaders, such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last week, Belafonte was joined in D.C. by family, his producer and many of his supporters for the D.C. premier of his film. At the Motion Picture Association of America, he warmly welcomed guests and discussed both his life and the creative process that went into the creation of the film before joining his guests for a viewing of Sing Your Song.

Belafonte and MPAA's Chris Dodd. Photo by Ralph Alswang.

MPAA's Chris Dodd, Belafonte and Co-President of HBO Richard Plepler. Photo by Ralph Alswang.

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