The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show

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FEATURE | USA | 77 MINUTES

THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW

New York, Documentary, Music, Politics, Art

While the country was embroiled in a divisive election with racial tensions flaring, Civil Rights activist and trailblazing performer Harry Belafonte guest hosted The Tonight Show for one week in 1968. By then, Johnny Carson had turned this pioneering late night show into one of the most powerful platforms of communication. In an unprecedented move, Belafonte took a predominantly white institution, The Tonight Show, and transformed it into a multicultural and political experience.

Award-winning director Yoruba Richen examines the importance of this lost broadcast history through vibrant interviews with Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, and guests who appeared that week including Petula Clark, Dionne Warwick, and Freda Payne. The Sit In features rare archival footage, including interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, which are among the last television appearances before both were assassinated.—Dan Hunt



After the Movie: A conversation with Artivist, Producer and Executive Director of Sankofa.org Gina Belafonte, director Yoruba Richen and Producer Joan Walsh. Moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editorial director and publisher of The Nation.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, The New York Times, and Frontline. Her latest film, Green Book: Guide to Freedom, premiered on the Smithsonian channel. She is the founding director of the documentary program at the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Director
Yoruba Richen
Producer
Valerie Thomas, Joan Walsh
Screenwriter
Yoruba Richen, Valerie Thomas, Elia Gasull Balada
Cinematographer
Ian Moubayed, Martina Radwan
Composer
Wendell Hanes
Editor
Èlia Gasull Balada
Executive Producer
Peter Saraf, Leah Holzer, Joy Reid
Associate Producer
Ayesha Nadarajah
Co-Editor
Joseph Borruso
Add'l Credit 2
Executive Producer, Joy Reid
Cast
Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, Tamron Hall

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