Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Presented by Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jill Newman Productions

LIFE’S ESSENTIALS WITH RUBY DEE is an open-letter style documentary in which Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis’ rich lives guide their grandson on his personal quest to master lasting love, conscious art, and undying activism.

Ossie & Ruby’s achievements in love (sustained marriage for 57 years), art (pioneers in black theater) and activism (always using their influence to help “the people”) parallel nearly a century of change in America. With this story being told through the lens of their grandson (filmmaker), an innate hunger to learn everything possible about Ossie & Ruby’s lives and apply it to today’s fight to preserve love, art and activism is always present.

Based on candid questions, revealing conversations, and never-before-seen family archival material, LIFE’S ESSENTIALS WITH RUBY DEE shares the wisdom of the ages with this present generation and carries the legacy of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee forward in history for the first time in feature documentary form.

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  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 86 minutes
  • Director Muta' Ali

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