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London Premiere: Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzses (15)* + ScreenTalk (via Zoom) with director Ben Shapiro

Doc'n Roll Film Festival 2023

A man in a suit stands by a drum kit in a black and white image

Experience the groundbreaking sounds of bebop pioneer, virtuoso percussionist, and bandleader Max Roach.

This is the story of a musician whose far-reaching ambitions were inspired and challenged by the inequities of the society around him. His stunningly diverse seven-decade career marked him as one of the great musical artists of the 20th century and a pioneering cultural activist at times when the nation was steeped in racism.

The film follows Roach across a rich and complicated life, years of now-legendary achievement, deep personal struggle, and the price he paid for his outspoken views. His was an epic musical journey -- from the revolutionary Jazz of the 1940s to the Civil Rights years, through experiments in hip hop, multi-media works, and beyond. Featuring Questlove, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sánchez, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Harry Belafonte, and many more.

Dir. Ben Shapiro, Sam Pollard, US, 2023, 82 min

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