Storyville: Harry Belafonte - Sing Your Song

Confirmed for BBC Four on 21 January at 10.00pm to 11.30pm

Monday 21 January



Wonderfully archived, and told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, this inspiring biographical documentary, Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, surveys the life and times of singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte.

From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s ground-breaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social-justice movements. The film reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist, who worked intimately with Dr Martin Luther King Jr, mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth.