Black Achievement Month x IDFA: Revolutionary Music

    Music reflects the time when it was made. Within the theme of Revolutionary Music, IDFA and Black Achievement Month present two documentaries in four different cinemas throughout the Netherlands. Watch Mama Africa and Soundtrack for a Revolution, each with an introduction and/or a follow-up interview.

    The selection

    Mama Africa | Mika Kaurismäki | 90 min

    Mama Africa, or Miriam Makeba, was one of the most beloved South African singers ever. This biopic is a tribute to the woman who has always dedicated her voice to a free South Africa. Makeba lived an eventful life in the spotlight and, even in exile, continued to point out to the world the inhuman situation in her homeland: "I'm not talking politics, I'm telling the truth." Mama Africa uses interviews and archive footage to tell the story of Makeba's life, which was always turbulent, both in public and in private.


    De Balie, Saturday, October 12, 20:00 with an introduction by Marly Niyambura
    Filmhuis Den Haag, Saturday, October 12, 15:00 with an introduction by Noa Johannes
    LantarenVenster, Saturday, October 5, 16:30 with an introduction by Dionne Verwey
    ‘t Hoogt on Tour, Saturday, October 19, 20:00 with an introduction by Giovanni Campbell

    Soundtrack for a Revolution | Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | 82 min

    "It was good trouble. It was necessary trouble," said Congressman John Lewis, one of the advocates of the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and beyond. Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the music behind this struggle. Sometimes music is more than just music; these songs formed a record of the black history that is still passed on from generation to generation. With interviews, archive material and new interpretations of the protest songs, the film shows how music throughout the U.S. created solidarity and mobilized tens of thousands of people in the fight against racism.


    De Balie, Sunday, October 13, 14:30 with an introduction by Charissa Granger
    Filmhuis Den Haag, Saturday, October 12, 17:00
    LantarenVenster, Saturday, October 19, 16:30 with an introduction by Andrew Makkinga

    Tickets & information

    These documentaries, selected by IDFA, will be screened in various cinemas in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague as part of Black Achievement Month in October 2019. Information about the programming of Black Achievement Month can be found on via the cinemas, the festival website, and the Black Achievement Month Facebook page. Don't forget to check out IDFA's Facebook Events too.

    Want to see more? During IDFA 2019 in November, Black Achievement Month will select and present a special program. Stay tuned.

    This program is made possible by VSBfonds and Stichting Democratie & Media.