Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival


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”NATIONTIME documents the 1972 National Black Political Convention which took place in Gary, Indiana. The recently restored masterpiece is a call to action. Filmmaker William Greaves recorded the only filmed record of this historic gathering, the convening of Black Americans which intended to establish a unified platform before the Republican and Democratic conventions.

The film sizzles with issues that remain at the center of our national dialogues today. Dynamic cinematography places viewers right in the action, as the assembled crowd listens and responds to speeches from Rev. Jesse Jackson, Amiri Baraka, Betty Shabazz, Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, and more. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the film’s release, the crowd’s rollicking call-and-response “What time is it? NATIONTIME” continues to reverberate.”

—Leah Shafer, Associate Producer, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

NATIONTIME is the long-lost film that William Greaves made about the National Black Political Convention of 1972, when 10,000 black politicians, activists and artists went to Gary, Indiana, to forge a national unity platform in advance of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. The delegates included a wide array of political thinkers. Entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Isaac Hayes and Richard Roundtree lent their star quality and entertained the crowds. Sidney Poitier & Harry Belafonte narrate the film.

One of the most powerful films Greaves ever made, this is the director’s original version that was never released. Found in a Pittsburgh warehouse in 2018, the 48-year-old negative was painstakingly restored by IndieCollect under the supervision of Louise Greaves, the director’s widow and filmmaking partner. It re-emerges at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement is galvanizing support across the nation. As we head into the presidential election of 2020, NATIONTIME is a must-see for all who care about ending racist attitudes and practices in this country, once and for all.

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    80 minutes
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    United States
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    William Greaves