Wattstax Poster


Release Date: August 6th, 1995

R|1 hr. 42 min.

Plot Summary
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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Genres: Documentary, Music

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

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  • Wattstax is a disorienting and ironic moviegoing experience. It's a film about the curative powers of rhythm-and-blues music that sets out to frustrate your sense of rhythm in its insistence on the blues. show more

  • The film is saved by the raw power of the performances, and especially, Richard Pryor's bitterly funny observations. show more

  • Commentary from shockingly outspoken Watts residents on topics ranging from revolution to infidelity are a vital part of the documentary. show more

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