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Harry Belafonte: Singing His Song

Harry Belafonte has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes throughout a career that spans more than six decades, so when he talks about singing his song, it is as much about activism as it is about his acclaimed voice and compositions. After first finding an international audience in the 1950s with Caribbean music, the “King of Calypso” entered filmmaking both as an actor and producer. Along with other civil rights activists, he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, but returned to both music and film, winning numerous awards. He used his fame on the world political stage to stand for equal rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; oppose apartheid in South Africa; undertake numerous initiatives for UNICEF; and promote hip-hop in Cuba.

Belafonte comes to the Walker for a Regis Dialogue following the area premiere of a new biographical documentary. Join him in conversation with Scott Foundas, associate program director of the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Over the past 21 years, the Regis Dialogue and Retrospective programs have brought some of today’s most innovative and influential filmmakers to the Walker Cinema to talk in-depth about their work.