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NATIONTIME is the long-lost film that William Greaves made about the National Black Political Convention of 1972, when 10,000 black politicians, activists and artists went to Gary, Indiana, to forge a national unity platform in advance of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. The delegates included a wide array of political thinkers. Entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Isaac Hayes and Richard Roundtree lent their star quality and entertained the crowds. Sidney Poitier & Harry Belafonte narrate the film.

One of the most powerful films Greaves ever made, this is the director’s original version that was never released. Found in a Pittsburgh warehouse in 2018, the 48-year-old negative was painstakingly restored by IndieCollect under the supervision of Louise Greaves, the director’s widow and filmmaking partner. It re-emerges at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement is galvanizing support across the nation. As we head into the presidential election of 2020, NATIONTIME is a must-see for all who care about ending racist attitudes and practices in this country, once and for all.

Director: William Greaves
Writers: Amiri Baraka (poetry by) (as Imamu Amiri Baraka), Langston Hughes (additional poem, Minstrel Man, by) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Amiri Baraka, Charles C. Diggs Jr., Richard Hatcher



“The… film buzzes with the long-term historical power of the occasion, and notes the divisions that the organizers struggled to overcome.”
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker