Stay Prayed Up

Director: D.L. Anderson, Matt Durning Run Time: 73 min. Release Year: 2021

Lena Mae “Mother” Perry, the backbone of her community, cooks for crowds, tends to the needy, and boy, can she sing! After 50 years leading the dynamic, down-home gospel group The Branchettes, the octogenarian powerhouse, armed with her unwavering faith, shows no signs of slowing down. Taking us inside her loving community while following the recording of the group’s first album, this film is bursting with warmth, joy, and soul-stirring gospel music.

“The power of gospel music comes alive here, and the doc’s subjects, the practitioners of this fervent form, keep it engaging.” -Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

Documentary, Black Voices

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