Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

Directed by Shola Lynch
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, 20th Century Fox)

Documentary on the unheralded and mostly forgotten presidential run by an African-American congresswoman from New York. The Democrat faced impossible odds, and rampant sexism and racism, but campaigned for months and eventually reached the convention. It is the portrait of an intelligent, determined woman, something that could not be taken seriously in 1972, and the mainstream still struggles with today. Featuring the usual array of talking heads and vintage footage, set to a funky soundtrack.

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