Gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples shines in a film that's rich with six decades of music and song. Lead singer of The Staple Singers  the acclaimed first family of song founded by Mavis's father Roebuck Pops Staples  she fused gospel, soul, folk and rock to transcend racism and unite people through music. Special appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Chuck D and Wilcos Jeff Tweedy, among others, testify to her profound influence on American music. But it is Staples herself who is the shining star of Mavis! A consummate storyteller, she reveals intimate tales of her life onstage and off  from shout-outs on the Southern gospel circuit in the 50s, freedom songs inspired by Martin Luther King Jr in the 60s, to chart-busting hits in the 70s and 80s and her recent album One True Vine. The film glows with the power and spiritual grace of her unforgettable voice.  Lynne Fernie, Hot Docs

Year: 2015
Genre: Music Capsule, Biography, Film Festivals 2015
Country: USA
Director: Jessica Edwards
Starring: Mavis Staples, Adam Ayers, Gene Barge
Duration: 77 Minutes
Rating: M
Location in store: Music Capsule



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