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(USA/1972/2020—directed by William Greaves)

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also a film historian and 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 voices from across the political and cultural spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Richard Roundtree, Bobby Seale and Isaac Hayes.

Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered “too militant” for broadcast television in 1972 and has since circulated only in a drastically edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with additional funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality, bringing a vital historical moment to vivid life. (80 minutes)

How to Watch:

Free invitations to view Nationtime at home are available to the first 500 people who register. After you register, Nationtime will be available for you to view for free throughout the weekend of February 19th, 20th, and 21st. Click here to register, then look for an email invitation containing the viewing link on February 19th


"This rousing and revelatory documentary celebrates a diversity of black voices, finding support and solidarity even amid expected tensions and divisions." --Malin Kan, AFI Fest



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