Nationtime

80 mins.
Directed by William Greaves
2020

Playing through November 12.
 

  • Platform:  Kino Marquee
  • Ticket details:  $10 ticket price  //  five days to watch film once purchase is made
  • How to watch:  Through the Kino Now app for Roku and Apple TV, or through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone
     

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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, 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 and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.