COME AS YOU ARE presents Wattstax, plus after party with Pure Vinyl + Special Guests.

COME AS YOU ARE is a season of concert films online and at the Ritzy in partnership with The National Film and Television School.

Before Summer of Soul there was Wattstax; the searing documentary of Los Angeles’ own Black Woodstock, playing here at the Ritzy for the concert's 50th anniversary.

In 1972, 7 years on from the Watts uprisings of 1965, the Stax record label, complete with their roster of artists including Isaac Hayes and Carla Thomas, took over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to put on show that sought to define Black American culture.

More than just a concert, Wattstax is a cry of resistance against marginalisation, taking you from the stage and out on to streets, mixing the concert footage with reportage from the Watts residents themselves, bringing to light the living conditions they faced and that still persist today.

This screening will be followed by an after-party Upstairs at the Ritzy featuring Pure Vinyl plus special guests.

  • Release Date :
  • 04 Oct 2022
  • Certificate :
  • 18
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