11/14/2021 03:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

France 2021 75 min English original version with German subtitles

by Hugo Sobelman

Script: Hugo Sobelman, DoP: Dorian Hays, Editor: Maxime Mathis, Production: GOGOGO Films & Srab Films, Producer: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral, Carine Ruszniewski

In Memphis, one of the most damaged cities in America, the Stax Music Academy is seen as a safe harbor. This musical after-school program was founded on the legacy of the legendary 1960s label that accompanied the fight for Civil Rights. It allows teenagers to learn and understand Black-Americans history through the greatest Soul hits. A musical time travel and a dive into the minds of a new generation.

“‘What has changed since 1968?” asks a lecturer. Student Rachel says: ‘White people stop being disrespectful to black people. But I see black people starting to be disrespectful to white people’ – ‘Where did you see that?’ – ‘In my class. We’re no better than they were.’ The point is not without controversy. SOUL KIDS is a stunning documentary about music and passion, about racism and courage and hope.” (Frankfurter Rundschau)

Hugo Sobelman is a French director based in Paris. He started his career as an assistant director on films such as QUEEN OF MONTREUIL. Later, he worked as a freelance camera operator and editor in Paris and London for Ad Vitam, Agat Films, Rectangle and The Bureau. His directing debut came in 2014 when he made a dozen music videos for the independent record company X-RAY. In 2020, he debuted with his first two feature-length documentaries: GOLDA MARIA had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and SOUL KIDS was awarded Best Musical Documentary at the film festival in Lussas/France.

Filmography (selection): 2020 GOLDA MARIA, 2021 SOUL KIDS

Award: Award for Best Musical Documentary (États Généraux du Film Documentaire, Lussas/France 2021)


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