Wattstax

Rated R 98 minutes 1973

In 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, director Mel Stuart captures the performances of the Watts Summer Festival. Organized by Stax Records, the festival is a gathering of musicians and entertainers from the black community, brought together to remember the Watts Riots from seven years prior. Key performances include those of comedian Richard Pryor, and singers Isaac Hayes and Luther Ingram. Stuart also presents shots of the Watts streets and community along with the festival footage.

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Official Site: www.wattstax.com

Director: Mel Stuart

Producer: Al Bell, David Wolper, Mel Stuart and Larry Shaw

Cast: James Alexander, Raymond Allen, Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Jesse Jackson, Albert King, Ted Lange, Little Milton, Richard Pryor, Mavis Staples, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas

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