Friday, April 28, 2017

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Sundance Selects
Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, IFC Films)

Old footage shot by Swedish journalists of the leaders of the Black Power Movement in America is the basis of this documentary. Commentary is provided by contemporary artists, musicians and a few surviving members of the movement. The chronological structure of the film examines the roots of the movement in the late 60s as a response to police violence, its evolution to a political then confrontational stance in the 70s, then its eventual decline in the mid 70s. Manages to be an entertaining time capsule and riveting history of a movement that has been misunderstood, and often misrepresented.

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