Hoover Street Revival (2002)

Genres - Spirituality & Philosophy, Music, Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Religions & Belief Systems, Vocal Music, Sociology  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Synopsis by Michael Hastings

For years, Bishop (Noel Jones) has presided over his South Central L.A. congregation with equal parts passion and compassion, and director Sophie Fiennes captures a four-month sample of his sermons in the documentary Hoover Street Revival. Though primarily consisting of the Bishop's fiery speeches to his flock at the Greater Bethany Community Church -- backed by the sounds of a full gospel choir -- the film also drops in on Jones' life in the neighborhood. Fiennes is able to make a link between events both tragic and hopeful and the way Jones chooses to present them in church. The director and her subject both have successful siblings themselves: Fiennes is the sister of actor Ralph Fiennes; Jones is the big brother of legendary vocalist Grace Jones.

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bishop, choir, church, community, congregation, gospel-music, inner-city, music, Pentecostal, praise [worship], sermon, spiritual-leader, urban