Get On Up, the James Brown story, Damaris resources – engaging with film, enriching lives

You know him by many names: “Mr. Dynamite,” “The Godfather of Soul,” “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” But now get to know the man behind the legend. Born in South Carolina in the middle of the Great Depression in 1933, James Brown survived a young life of abandonment, abuse, reform school, jail. Nobody ever taught him the rules. So he was destined from the start to break them. Based on Brown’s astonishing life story, Get on Up provides a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of the icon, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.  Get On Up grooves into cinemas Friday 21st November.

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Nick Pollard, co-founder of Damaris, says: “I grew up with the songs of James Brown, but it was only when I saw the astonishing film Get on Up that I realized how much he had achieved. Dirt-poor, beaten and abandoned as a child, James Brown had to find an inner strength to overcome his background and find his place in society. Let the music move you, let the story inspire you.”

Damaris’ free official community resources include a Reel to Real video discussion starter You’ve Got the Power. With clips from the film and comments from the stars this short featurette explores the many challenges James Brown faced, and invites us all to consider how we might overcome obstacles in our own lives – in order to find our place in society.

Organize a trip to the cinema with your volunteers or community group and then spend an evening enjoying enriching discussion with the Damaris resources. Available for free download at www.damaris.org/getonup

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