WE RISE UP SINGING, 29min., USA
Directed by Peter Barton
Peter Barton, an award-winning artist approaching his 82nd year, embarked on this project to highlight the activism, passion, and talent of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus led by Bev Grant during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. The 29-minute film follows the group during the height of the pandemic, and culminates in a heartwarming virtual performance. With a little digital magic, Barton brought the Chorus together to sing a rousing tribute to battered women all over the globe, composed by their founder and leader, Bev Grant. Bev has been a fighter for justice for women and indeed all oppressed groups for half a century.