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No one who saw or heard Rahsaan Roland Kirk ever forgot him. One of the true geniuses of our time, Kirk was blind, played three horns at once, and marshalled the kind of energy through his jazz tenor and flute playing that’s more frequently associated with punk or rap. His life’s work was exploring sound and making music. Beyond that, he was an outspoken activist who started a political movement to get more exposure for Jazz in America – particularly on TV. Dreams were important to Rahsaan – who went from blind infant to child prodigy to adult visionary and political activist, and finally to paralyzed showman who toured and played music literally until the day he died. Dreams planted the seed in his mind to play three horns simultaneously. His name came from dreams. When asked about his religious beliefs, he would say: “I’m from the Religion of Dreams.” Adam Kahan’s lively, loving, wonderful film has the same vitality and spirit that Rahsaan did, combining thrilling performance footage (including an appearance on, of all things, Ed Sullivan’s final show with a group including Charlie Mingus, Roy Haynes and Archie Shepp that starts out playing Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” before turning it into Mingus’ “Haitian Fight Song”) with illuminating interviews, thrilling music and simply riveting filmmaking.