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Give My Poor Heart Ease (1975)

About the Film

An account of the blues experience through the recollections and performances of B.B. King, Son Thomas, inmates from Parchman prison, a barber from Clarkesdale, a salesman from Beale Street, and others.

Give My Poor Heart Ease is one of a series of films made in Mississippi in the mid 1970s by William Ferris and the Center for Southern Folklore and produced in association with Howard Sayre Weaver. This field work is the basis for Ferris's 2009 bookGive My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact William (Bill) Ferris, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: William (Bill) Ferris
  • Produced by: Yale University Media Design Studio with the Center for Southern Folklore
  • Cinematographer: Dale Lindquist
  • Sound: Robert Slattery
  • Editor: Dale Lindquist, William Ferris
  • Other Credits: Produced in Association with Howard Sayre Weaver.
  • Funding: With support from: Ford Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Edward W. Hazen Foundation
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1975, William Ferris, Yale University
  • 21mins, Color
  • Categories:
    MusicAfrican American Culture