Director: William Greaves Run Time: 80 min. Release Year: 1972
Starring: Amiri Baraka, Coretta Scott King, Dick Gregory, Jesse Jackson, Sidney Poitier
NATIONTIME is a long-lost document of 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 thinkers from across the political spectrum. Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, Pan-Africanist Amiri Baraka, PUSH founder Jesse Jackson, and various elected officials stood beside key women in the fight for racial equality (including Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz) while entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Isaac Hayes, and Richard Roundtree lent their star quality and entertained the crowds.
Shot by expert documentarian William Greaves and narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, NATIONTIME was considered too militant for television when it was created and has since circulated only in an extensively edited version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.
“Buzzes with long-term historical power.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Dynamic and powerful.” – Indiewire
“In restoring Nationtime, a record of Black resilience has been preserved and the National Black Political Convention’s influence further affirmed.” – Little White Lies