Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

By Goran Olsson

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2011-09-09
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Director: Goran Olsson
  • Production Company: Louverture Films
  • Production Country: United States of America, Sweden
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
7.8/10
7.8
From 26 Ratings

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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.

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  • A Mixed Blessing

    3
    By nocrickets
    Apparently Angela Davis' daughter was partly responsible for this documentary about her mother and other Black Power figures, which goes a long way to explain how one-sided and biased it is. It's as though Kim Jong Un did a doc on Kim Jong Il. It doesn't help that most of the commentary provided by contemporary figures like Erykah Badu is completely kneejerk and predictable, therefore adds absolutely nothing in the way of context or balance. Yet despite some big flaws, there's some fascinating material here -- vintage footage shot in America by (very-left-leaning) Swedish news crews at the time. As foreigners, they see and question in ways American news just didn't do, so you get some fresh perspectives, even if they are all from one side. A prison interview with Davis alone is worth the price of admission -- not just in a rah-rah fist in the air way, but because it reveals what a smart, deep and deeply angry person she was, not just the poster girl for the revolution, which both the left and the right reduced her to at the time. There are other revelations like that in the raw footage that save the film from its worst instincts. Way too biased to be useful as a primer on Black Power, but still very interesting.
  • Very Powerful

    5
    By Never Forget Never Again
    Very very powerful.masterpiece..viewing this well documented experience into the Black Panther Party was a most memorable journey. The struggle continues and the work to be done involves each and everyone of us.... Black Power. Right On
  • Your freedom comes from somebody else's struggle!

    5
    By Shaunn Casselle
    We must never forget the tireless work of others so that ALL Americans can have privilege... What a great documentary! I was profoundly moved!
  • Must See Doc!!!

    5
    By Bianca Dixon
    If you are into Black History and Leaders you must check out this never before seen footage....kudos to the people who put in the hard work to make this happen.

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