This screening will be followed by a post-film discussion moderated by WFHB Community Radio’s Jim Manion with Director Adam Kahan, Dorthaan Kirk (Rahsaan’s widow), and Rory Kirk (Rahsaan’s son).
This documentary is an absorbing look at a seemingly superhuman musical force, Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935–77), who wouldn’t even let partial paralysis keep him from pursuing what he called “The Religion of Dreams.” He was a warrior against racial injustice and an advocate for people with disabilities. Kirk, who could play three horns at once, performed his very last concert on the IU–Bloomington campus. The film is packed with electrifying archival footage of Kirk and his music, intimate interviews, and inspired animated sequences. This screening is sponsored by WFHB Community Radio, the Black Film Center/Archive, the IU School of Public Health, and IU Cinema.