A powerful new film featuring seminal poetic works from three influential Black poets.
We Hold These Truths is a musical and cinematic triptych featuring composer Tamar-kali's setting of three iconic poems from the turn of the 20th century through the Harlem Renaissance: Paul Laurence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask," Langston Hughes's "I, Too" and Claude McKay's "If We Must Die."
A striking new film by dream hampton (director of the Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated film Surviving R. Kelly), We Hold These Truths stands as both an affirmation of wonder and joy, as well as a testimony to the vigil kept for the full realization of liberty.
The voices of these poets, raised in the past, echo through generations—from colored, to negro, to Black and African American—in a modern-day landscape where the watch continues.
Premiering March 4, 2022
"Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician whose music truly defies boundaries—and really traverses the spectrum from her unique alt-rock sound...to more orchestral pieces"
A Note from Composer Tamar-kali
This project is generously supported by a consortium of donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Nancy and Barry Sanders.