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Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

Women's rights, gay rights, anti-war protests: Holly Near's music speaks directly to the world's young political activists of today. The singer-songwriter's soaring anthems call for peace, feminism, LGBTQ equality, and all human rights. This new award-winning music doc (seen on PBS' American Masters series) features outstanding concert and rally scenes, and insights from Holly today. From 4 time Emmy winner Jim Brown. New interviews with Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and more.

"What makes this cinematic gem shine are original interviews with Near and also New Left luminaries including Jane Fonda, Fonda’s former husband Tom Hayden of Chicago 7 notoriety, and Gloria Steinem. ... the film is a stirring ode to a politically engaged artist: Besides documenting Near’s remarkable life and oeuvre, Lives illuminates the process of creating art that synthesizes enlightenment and entertainment." - Ed Rampell, The Progressive


Main credits

Brown, Jim (film producer)
Brown, Jim (film director)
Smith, Heather A. (film producer)
Korones, Donna (film producer)
Near, Holly (on-screen participant)
Fonda, Jane (on-screen participant)
Steinem, Gloria (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editors, Bruce Connors [and 5 others]; camera, Jenni Morello [and 6 others].

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Distributor subjects

Human Rights
Performing Arts
Women's Studies


Activism, Human Rights, LGBTQ. Music, Performing Arts, Women's Studies; "Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives"; Film Movement