It's a resonant and evocative historical time capsule. ” TV Times

50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING! A documentary music spectacular in the vein of Summer Of Soul and Woodstock, Mel Stuart’s remarkable feature records the excitement of the 1972 Wattstax music festival held in the community of Watts in Los Angeles.

The festival marked the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots and set out to be an African-American answer to Woodstock and featured superb appearances from Rufus Thomas, Issac Hayes, The Staple Sisters, The Bar Kay and Albert King with euphoric support from Richard Pryor and Jesse Jackson. WATTSTAX is a vital document of American cultural history.

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