Someone Sang for Me| 58mins
Director: Julie Akeret | Producer: Julie Akeret
Focus Years: 2002 | Country: United States
Someone Sang for Me is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret profiling the critically acclaimed African-American singer and music educator Jane Sapp. Since 1989 Sapp has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her music workshops with "at risk" youth are changing lives and animating the community. Someone Sang for Me showcases Sapp's work and places her squarely at the center of the arts and social change movement. The film weaves footage of Springfield young people rehearsing, performing, and discussing their experiences with interviews with Sapp, the young artists, community activists, and scholars who explore the ways art can be used to foster social change. The film explores the ways that music education can give young people the tools they need to express themselves in creative and constructive ways. Someone Sang for Me shows audiences that as the young people find their voices, they develop leadership skills they can use in their own lives and the life of the community.
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