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Say Amen, Somebody

Say Amen, Somebody is a heartwarming
and uplifting film that captures the
lives and careers of some of gospel music’s
most luminous artists, including Thomas A.
Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith and her
long-time rival Sallie Martin, The Barrett
Sisters, The O’Neal Twins and Zella
Jackson Price. This exuberant portrait of
gospel music begins at the 1982 Gospel
Music Convention in St. Louis. Interviews
with the gospel greats as well as stirring
performances and rare archival footage tell
a story of a uniquely American art form that
fuses religion and entertainment and has a
transcendent power to move an audience.
Say Amen, Somebody traces the
development of gospel and the challenges that faced its founders,
particularly women who often left their
families for long stretches of time while they
journeyed in pursuit of their musical calling.