Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

Directed by Jim Brown
Omnibus Entertainment
63 Minutes
Documentary, Biography, Music, LGBTQIA2S+
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Women's rights, gay rights, anti-war protests: Holly Near's music speaks directly to the world's young political activists of today. The singer-songwriter's soaring anthems call for peace, feminism, LGBTQ equality, and all human rights. This new award-winning music doc (seen on PBS' American Masters series) features outstanding concert and rally scenes, and insights from Holly today. From 4 time Emmy winner Jim Brown. New interviews with Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and more.


  • Holly Near
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Jane Fonda
  • Gloria Steinem
DVD Features

Sound: Stereo 2.0

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "What makes this cinematic gem shine are original interviews with Near and also New Left luminaries including Jane Fonda, Fonda’s former husband Tom Hayden of Chicago 7 notoriety, and Gloria Steinem. ... the film is a stirring ode to a politically engaged artist: Besides documenting Near’s remarkable life and oeuvre, Lives illuminates the process of creating art that synthesizes enlightenment and entertainment."
    Ed Rampell, The Progressive
  • Highest Rating
    "An outspoken political activist and singer-songwriter, Holly Near's music and life story illustrate how song can have the power to send a clarion call and influence the course of social justice - from the lesbian and women's movements to anti-war efforts and the fight to give South American women a voice. AMERICAN MASTERS - Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives explores how the activist-artist provided an inspiring soundtrack to nearly a half-century of global and local struggles for equality and change. "
    Broadway World
  • Highest Rating
    "This excellent film chronicles Near's life and career, showing her evolution from folk singer to actress to feminist and activist. Of course there's lots of music too in this informative and entertaining film from multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Brown. "
    Kevin Wierzbicki, Antimusic

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Mill Valley Film Festival