From PBS.org: "Herskovits was the first prominent white intellectual to declare that black culture in America was “not pathological,” but rather inherently African, and that it had to be viewed within that context. In positing this, he established himself among the anthropological vanguard in applying the principles of cultural relativism to ethnic cultures within the United States. Herskovits’s academic work advanced the cause of ethnic equality in the United States, while also setting off a whirlwind of debate about race and identity."
From Amazon.com: "She had the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the audience of Elvis Presley. Her name was Umm Kulthum, and she became a powerful symbol, first of the aspirations of her country, Egypt, and then of the entire Arab World....The film puts her life in the context of the epic story of 20th century Egypt as it shook off colonialism and confronted modernity."
From the DVD cover: "Evans is filmed conversing with his brother Harry Evans on the nature of music, jazz and improvisation. The pianist is extremely articulate and enthusiastic in his discourse, and his ideas about a universal musical mind, are fascinating in their similarity to Jung's concept of the collective unconscious."