Documentary Film "Say Amen Somebody" Chronicles the Rich History of Gospel Music

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Coming to the cinemas on September 6 is one of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody. This restored documentary celebrates the Father of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey, Barrett Sisters, O'Neal Twins, Sallie Martin, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith and it explores Gospel's Chicago Roots.

Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg's masterpiece.It is a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand"); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

"One of the most joyful movies I've ever seen."

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The film's mood is never less than marvelously infectious."

- Richard Schickel, Time 

"The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed."

- David Denby, New York Magazine

Unseen in cinemas for nearly thirty years, Say Amen, Somebody has been gorgeously restored to 4K by Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. The new restoration features brilliantly restored 5.1 soundtrack!

A Milestone Film release. A GTN Pictures Production   Produced and Directed by George T. Nierenberg 

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