Gotta Make This Journey

Sweet Honey in The Rock

Produced by Michelle Parkerson Directed by Joseph Camp

1983 | 58 minutes | Color | VHS | Order No. 99358

SYNOPSIS

This vibrant and engaging film profiles the a capella activist group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Singing to end the oppression of Black people world wide, SWEET HONEY embraces musical styles from spirituals and blues to calypso, and concerns ranging from feminism to ecology, peace and justice. This dynamic film features individual portraits, powerful concert footage and commentary by Angela Davis, Alice Walker and Holly Near.

PRESS

"An incredible concert portrait stirring tears and a sweet sense of hope."

Deirdre Boyle Sightlines

"Entrancing...An exuberant expression of the human voice and the human spirit."

The Washington Post

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon
  • Blacklight Film Festival
  • Tyneside Film Festival

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Joseph Camp

Michelle Parkerson

Michelle Parkerson is an assistant professor in Film & Media Arts at Temple University and an award-winning independent film/video maker. Her work has been shown widely in festivals and on public television including award-winning documentaries, A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde, But Then, She's Betty Carter and Gotta Make this Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock. Ms. Parkerson has received grants from the Independent Television Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the American Film Institute as well as a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Gotta Make this Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock was nominated for a Local Emmy in the category of Public Affairs Documentary. She was awarded the Prix du Public at the Festival International de Creteil Films de Femmes and the Audience and Best Biography Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

She has worked as a visiting professor at Northwestern University and and the University of Delaware and as a lecturer at Howard University and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. She has also given lectures at Yale University, the National Film Board of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Flaherty Film Seminar, Harvard University, and the National Black Arts Festival. She currently heads up her own DC-based production company, Eye of the Storm Productions. (09/09)

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