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Pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm is the subject of this lauded documentary. The nation's first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Chisholm launches a campaign for the United States presidency in the 1972 election, and wins an impressive amount of support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters. The film takes a close look at her presidential run, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreaking campaign.

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Critic Reviews for Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

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  • Avoids some hard questions: in her presidential campaign did she make mistakes in building relationships? Did she follow some ill-planned strategy or none at all?

    September 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.

    September 21, 2004
  • Abundant archival footage of other contenders -- Edmund Muskie's breakdown in New Hampshire, a loopy Hubert Humphrey ad -- skillfully reinforces Chisholm as a refreshingly quixotic populist, running on fervor and indignation.

    September 21, 2004
  • Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.

    April 17, 2004
  • The documentary is truly a reflection of the woman herself as it does not bend or acquiesce to anyone. An inspiration for woman and minorities today

    March 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Avoids some hard questions: in her presidential campaign did she make mistakes in building relationships? Did she follow some ill-planned strategy or none at all?

    September 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.

    September 21, 2004
  • Abundant archival footage of other contenders -- Edmund Muskie's breakdown in New Hampshire, a loopy Hubert Humphrey ad -- skillfully reinforces Chisholm as a refreshingly quixotic populist, running on fervor and indignation.

    September 21, 2004
  • Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.

    April 17, 2004
  • The documentary is truly a reflection of the woman herself as it does not bend or acquiesce to anyone. An inspiration for woman and minorities today

    March 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 27, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"Chisholm 72 - Unbought and Unbossed" is an interesting documentary about Shirley Chisholm's run for President in 1972.(Shirley Chisholm(1924-2005) was elected to Congress in 1968 and served until her retirement in 1983.) She was the first African American and woman to seriously run for President.(For example, Victoria Woodhull's attempt about a century before did not garner a vote.) The movie focuses on Chisholm's candidacy and the Democratic primaries that year where at one point there were thirteen candidates, ranging from Chisholm to Alabama governor George Wallace. She ran not primarily to win but as a forerunner for people to come after her but very little has changed in Democratic Party politics in the last 30+ years. In the end, she should have received better support from prominent blacks and women than she did.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]In the epilogue, Shirley Chisholm said that she wanted to be rememembered as a woman who fought for change.[/font]
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