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Mavis! (PG)


Sat 14 May 2016






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Mavis! (PG)

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Through A Different Lens

Through A Different Lens presents a special double bill showcasing film that represents black, African and Caribbean culture and experiences from around the globe. This year we focus on the themes of endurance and style.

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USA, 2015, 80 mins, dir. Jessica Edwards 

Mavis! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like I’ll Take You There in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.

Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

‘A spirited and captivating bio-doc’

Through A Different Lens is supported by Exeter City Council Small Arts Grant Scheme

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Showing Times

  • Sat 14 May: 6pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix, Studio 74


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