The Frida Cinema

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Say Amen, Somebody

Say Amen, Somebody poster

Wrapping up September is George T. Nierenberg’s Say Amen, Somebody, one of the most acclaimed musical documentaries of all time.

A joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, the film features Thomas A. Dorsey, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

Unseen in cinemas for nearly thirty years, Milestone Pictures has produced a gorgeously restored 4K version with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. Say Amen, Somebody now features a brilliantly restored 5.1 soundtrack!


“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Engaging, gospel-infused tribute to the black men and women who first began combining the heart and soul of Negro spirituals with the infectious rhythms of jazz and blues.”Decent Film Guides

“Presents an inspiring tribute to gospel music and to black men and women who have given it their special service and enthusiasm.”Spirituality and Practice

Say Amen, Somebody