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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

A fascinating 'mixtape' of never-before-seen footage of the Black Power movement

Documentary

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

movie

Sweden, United States of America

English, Swedish

Inspiring, Instructive, Mind-blowing

2011

Göran Olsson

Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Erykah Badu

100 min

Synopsis

Examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in US society from 1967 to 1975. It features footage of the movement shot by Swedish journalists in the United States during that period and includes the appearances of Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other activists, artists, and leaders central to the movement.

Our Take

9.0
Jasmine Renaé

Between 1967-1975, a group of Swedish filmmakers travelled to America to document the Black Power movement. The resulting archival footage of Black activists and intellectuals, including Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and the amazing Angela Davis, was hidden in an archive until it was unearthed and woven together by Göran Olsson, a Swedish director. Angela Davis also supplies some contemporary voice commentary alongside many others, such as Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, and The Roots drummer and rap culture’s No. 1 record keeper Questlove, who also co-scored the film. This adds to the mixtape feel of the film as does the raw and unfiltered piecing together of the historic footage, giving the viewer an authentic impression of the movement and the struggles of the time. Being Swedish, the filmmakers dared to go where American mainstream TV might have never went.

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