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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

  • Director: Göran Olsson
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Running Time: 100 min

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African- American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle — including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles — give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution. (Sundance Selects)

"A tangy raw stew of history, even if it never begins to confront the contradictions that bedeviled black militancy. "
- Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman
"Illustrates how the rhetoric of civil rights changed after the breakthroughs of Martin Luther King. With the world's media finally paying attention, critical thinkers like Carmichael, Davis, and Malcolm X were able to push back against the fretful questions about violence, and redefine the story of blacks in America over the centuries as one defined by violence. "
- The A.V. Club, Noel Murray
"It's an imperfect but ambitious film willing to confront an enormous, complex period in this country. "
- Boston Globe, Wesley Morris