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The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975
Directed by Göran Olsson • 2011 • Sweden, United States
THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967–1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16 mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the U.S. to seek out 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 coproducer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music, and narration chronicling one of our nation’s most indelible turning points. 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 make the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.