Doc’n Roll x BGAC: Digging for Weldon Irvine
22 & 29 February
A timely exploration of the songwriter behind 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black'
Throughout 2020, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Doc’n Roll Film Festival are pairing up for a series of the best contemporary Black music documentaries.
Our first screening of the year is about the radically talented songwriter Weldon Irvine. Best known for penning the Civil Rights anthem ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black’ this documentary tells us the story of how he became one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Irvine’s work also laid down the foundations for hip-hop and the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s. Collaborating with greats, such as Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Mos Def, Weldon Irvine has built a massive musical legacy.
Approximate run time: 111 mins