Up From the Streets

104 mins.
Directed by Michael Murphy

Playing through Thursday, June 11.

  • Ticket price: $12 to be purchased and viewed at anytime.
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.

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During our temporary closure, we're excited to bring you opportunities to watch new release titles on your home screen while directly supporting Amherst Cinema. When you watch these Virtual Cinema films at home, the cost of the digital "ticket" is split between the film distributor and Amherst Cinema—just like with a ticket purchased at our box office.

UP FROM THE STREETS is a feature-length documentary that looks at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. New Orleans has a distinct history as a result of its political and social history. There is a thread that runs through the city, heard from the drumming at Congo Square in the 1700s through to today’s vibrant music scene.

The music of this city is a powerful form of expression. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom and to express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws; a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina; and still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases.

Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Director Michael Murphy show how the culture of the city is reflected in its music, how music impacts culture, and how, even in the darkest of times, music lifts and unites.