Wattstax (1973)


In 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, director Mel Stuart captures the performances of the Watts Summer Festival. Organized by Stax Records, the festival is a gathering of musicians and entertainers from the black community, brought together to remember the Watts Riots from seven years prior.

Key performances include those of comedian Richard Pryor, and singers Isaac Hayes and Luther Ingram. Stuart also presents shots of the Watts streets and community along with the festival footage.

Initial release: February 4, 1973

DirectorMel StuartBox office

1.56 million USD (rentals)

EditorsDavid BlewittDavid Myers,

 Robert K. LambertNominations:

 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary Film


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