Documentary: "A Singing Stream - A Black Family Chronicle"
Wednesday, February 22 at 2pm
Macon County Public LibraryThis music documentary, first released in 1985, tells the story of Bertha and Coy Landis, among the first African American landowners in Granville County, North Carolina. Parents of 11 children, the Landis' stressed the importance of faith and family in their children and instilled in them a joy of music. The film concentrates on the annual family reunion, in which memories and music are shared.
Filmmaker Tom Davenport's techniques are subtle, as the camera never intrudes, allowing viewers an intimate look into a multigenerational family. The film highlights such issues as land ownership, northern migration, segregation, voting rights, and racial acceptance.