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Let the Church Say Amen!

Directed by St. Clair Bourne
United States, 1973


A young minister in training travels through the South contemplating his future vocation. Filmed in Atlanta, the Mississippi delta, and Chicago, this narrative documentary looks at the Black church from within, and how it affects African-American life in both urban and rural America.

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Let the Church Say Amen! Directed by St. Clair Bourne

Critics reviews

The camera, hypnotized by sweating, hurling ministers or debating students, captures shouts, screams, and grandiose elocutions. Often, Bourne zooms in while a person speaks, seeking a truth in the trembling of a voice or in the intensity of a gaze. Voice-overs are systemic yet inventively layered.
February 16, 2018
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The film has clear kinship with Robert Kramer’s contemporaneous activist dramas and many of the key discernible features that would define the L.A. Rebellion. It’s an economical and powerful feature, illuminating not only in its portrayal of the Black church but the transitional moment in the civil rights movement in 1973. Bourne was a major voice, and this series is definitely worth your time—don’t sleep on it!
February 16, 2018
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