BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary

The Night James Brown Saved Boston

ORIGINAL TITLE:
The Night James Brown Saved Boston
USA / 2008 / 66 min
DIRECTOR:
David Leaf
After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., James Brown held a legendary concert in Boston

Only days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., soul legend James Brown held a historic concert in the city of Boston. This is the story of a city about to explode, like many others had already done, and the means by which music quelled the potentially volatile situation. The televised broadcast of his performance is said to have kept the streets quiet that evening, giving citizens a distraction from looting and unifying the city in peaceful memorial to one of history’s great professors of peace.

David Leaf

David Leaf (1952) has won numerous awards for his work on pop culture programs, music specials and retrospectives. His credits include co-writer on the landmark post-9/11 telethon, A Tribute to Heroes and the documentaries, THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON and THE NIGHT JAMES BROWN SAVED BOSTON. Leaf has written three acclaimed biographies, as well as liner notes for many successful CD re-issues.