Only the Strong Survive

Institute History

  • 2002 Sundance Film Festival


If you've been missing Motown, you don't need to anymore. D.A. pennebaker and Chris hegedus, who have brought us a continuous stream of great music documentaries from Don't Look Back (1966) to Down from the Mountain (2001), took to the road to track down the great rhythm and blues singers who never stopped singing, who survived. They found Wilson Pickett, Mary Wilson, Isaac Hayes, the Chi Lites, and more, sounding as sweet as ever and still getting standing ovations. The soundtrack of this film is going straight to Number One.

— Linda Allen

Screening Details

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