The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show

2020 / 118 mins

Q&A Included This Premiere was shown from October 14 to November 14 2021

Directed by: Yoruba Richen


Language / Country : English / United States

For one week in February 1968, Johnny Carson gave up his chair to Harry Belafonte, the first time an African-American had hosted a late night TV show for a whole week.

Q&A Included

The Sit In contains an exclusive Q&A from Gina Belafonte and special guest host Akua Gyamfi, in partnership with The British Blacklist #BlackHistoryMonth2021

What we love about this film

The Sit In explores civil rights activist and actor Harry Belafonte’s stint as guest host on the “Tonight Show” and his impact on the representation Black people had on late night TV. Through limited surviving archive footage; The Sit In shares its effect on American people during a divisive era sharing moments with the likes of Martin Luther King. The Sit In is a remarkable film told through celebrity accounts and the glistening spirit of Harry Belafonte.

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The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show | MIranda Fleming

This is a powerful documentary about a moment in time which sits in tandem with other black history films released this year like Summer of Soul.

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