George Nierenberg: Say Amen, Somebody
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George Nierenberg: Say Amen, Somebody

Three women in choir robes singing.
George T. Nierenberg, Say Amen, Somebody, 1982. Photo courtesy United Artists Classics/Photofest; © United Artists Classics.

“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen!” —Chicago Sun Times 

Immersive musical performances are interwoven with intimate, behind-the-scenes personal moments with two of Gospel music’s driving forces: Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie Mae Ford Smith. Originally recorded on an impressive 24 tracks, the full stereo sound captures the uplifting spirit and emotion of the music. Restored by Milestone Film and Video, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Academy Film Archive. 1982/2019, 4K DCP, 101 min.

Part of Lost Films & Restorations, a summer film series that celebrates gems of American independent cinema with five recent film restorations. Experience superior sound and image revived from the original formats—recently rediscovered, rescued from obscurity, or lovingly remastered by the directors themselves.