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Directed by: William Greaves

Runtime: 80 min

Year: 1972

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Post-film discussion featuring Representative Sandra Hollins, Democratic National Committee Member Darlene McDonald, Former Utah GOP Chairman James Evans, with local luminaries Betty Sawyer and Byron Russell.

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.

  • The post-film discussion recording and additional resources are available here.

Presented as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night

Presented in partnership with Betty Sawyer & Utah Juneteenth Festival


Tuesday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM

Limited Time Streaming

Available to view from June 15 through June 21 or until all tickets are reserved.

Capacity: 300


Restrictions: Available to viewers in the Intermountain West

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