SARATOGA SPRINGS– The final Temple Sinai program for the Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival will be a Zoom discussion and celebration of black culture. A documentary, “Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce” will be featured on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.
The film, a Netflix documentary and 2019 Emmy Award nominee, is an in-depth look at Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella show (the California Music and Arts Festival). She was the first African American woman to headline the festival since its founding in 1999.
Beyonce, often known as Bey or Queen Bey, chronicles her historic headlining experiences, from breastfeeding newborn twins, dance rehearsals, her radical diet regimen and grueling training schedule after topping the scales at 218 pounds following the birth of her twins.
Beyonce, who directed and produced the film, flashes inspirational go-get-’em quotes from a myriad of high profile African American thinkers, writers and activists of the 20th century, such as Alice Walker, Marian Wright Edelman, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, and W. E. B. DuBois.
“As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box,” Beyonce said. “I wanted us to be proud of, not only the show, but the process. Proud of the struggle. It was no rules, and we were able to create a free, safe space where none of us were marginalized.”
The “Homecoming” musical set played off the idea of homecomings at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
“That is what this whole experience is all about, paying tribute to her culture,” said Phyllis Wang, coordinator for the Jewish Cultural Festival. “It is about never forgetting. It is about making sure that everyone is connected and educated and inspired by African American culture, on a global stage and across generations.”