Simon Vozick-Levinson
August 29, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/14/07
director
Jim Brown
distributor
The Weinstein Company
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

”This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender,” reads the slogan on folk icon Pete Seeger’s banjo. So it has, and this affectionate documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is the least he deserves in return. Director Jim Brown has uncovered a wealth of vivid performance footage and interviewed countless luminaries who pay tribute to Seeger’s ongoing fight for peace, justice, and the environment. Most impressive of all is the man himself at 89, modestly shrugging off their praise. After six decades of uphill battles, he’s still flashing that same self-deprecating smile. A

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