The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
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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
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Broken into nine chapters -- one for each year -- the documentary isn't a rigorous work but a felt piece of vital, if flawed, art.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is not your standard documentary dealing with racism in America.
The film is testament to the power of archival legwork in documentary-filmmaking.
From the fly-on-the-wall, cinéma-vérité style of the '60s to a more aggressive, advocacy approach in the mid-'70s, "Mixtape" is a wide slice of nonfiction film history.
You watch the material here and wonder whether most of the movies made about black people are meant to pacify general audiences, to distract them from demanding more of the movies.
The 'mixtape' designation is apt. This episodic movie doesn't really come together, but its highlights make it worthwhile. (Eldridge Cleaver earns laughs when he names 'the three pigs' running for president: 'Oink Nixon, Oink Humphrey, and Oink Wallace.')
Offers some amazing footage and a surprisingly cohesive narrative, considering that this was old film stock newly discovered and reassembled by contemporary Swedish filmmakers.
The result is a film that doesn't chart the rise and fall of the black power movement, and viewers unfamiliar with civil rights history will likely be lost. But it does give insight into the frustration and anger that sparked the movement.
...we see our parents and ourselves refracted through a cool if subjective lens, and it's easy to wonder exactly how we made it.
What is most impressive about the film is that it manages to put human faces -- not just caricatures -- on the key figures of the movement.
It's thrilling to hear from unrepentant revolutionaries such as Angela Davis and amusing to hear from their bell-bottomed white lawyers.
It may not add up to a narrative, but it's a fascinating compilation -- a mixtape you may want to hear more than once.
Impressively made documentary that paints a fascinating portrait of an important period in American history, not least because the perspective stands in stark contrast to the American media's coverage of the same events at the time.
This fascinating documentary brings together material shot by Swedish documentarists and TV journalists dealing with the African American civil rights movement...
The timing of this release is more than perfect. And the story behind the film is nearly as interesting as the stories it tells.
It is not a comprehensive history but the footage is an extraordinarily potent reminder that the stand taken by black people eventually bore fruit.
Interesting stuff, though it sometimes looks like a block of unedited raw material.
Blazing interviews with Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael supply stinging and unforgettable rhetoric: it simply can't fail with footage this wild.
Like most mix-tapes, offers crackling content even when its contexts aren't clear.
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