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Classic Documentary Screens

8/22/2018, 10:21 a.m.
The Northwest Film Center is presenting an encore screening of the 1973 classic "Wattstax” which showcases the performances of Isaac ...
The Northwest Film Center presents the 1973 documentary ‘Wattstax” showcasing the historic Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert in 1972 for the Watts Summer Festival, a largely African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles.

The legendary Memphis record label Stax produced a benefit concert in 1972 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the residents of the largely African American Watts neighborhood, which had undergone intense tumult during the anti-police riots of 1965.

The Northwest Film Center is presenting an encore screening of the 1973 classic "Wattstax” which showcases the performances of Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Carla and Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, Luther Ingram, Richard Pryor and many others. But Mel Stuart’s portrait of the people and places of Watts is equally compelling.

Using extensive footage shot during the massively attended concert and on the streets of the city, the documentary’s entertainment value is high, but the beauty, strength, and fortitude of the people shine through just as brightly.

“Wattstax” shows Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Admission is $9 general and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit nwfilm.org.