Mavis! screening

Mavis! film poster, with photos of her singing
12 May 2018
Suitable for:
adults, ages 13 and over
Free drop-in event, no need to book

Join us for a screening of Mavis!, the first documentary about gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples.

There will also be opportunity to view objects from our civil rights handling collection and find out more about the links between music and civil rights activism.

Places are limited - please book your free ticket for this film screening on Eventbrite.

Mavis! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There" in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.

Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards,and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

This film is recommended for ages 13 and over.

This event is part of our Votes 100: remarkable women event series.