Really interesting movie with shots of everyday street scenes as well as interviews and dramatic footage that created an empathy over the people participating in the movement. It isn't trying to tell the whole story of the movement but it made me interested in searching more about their ideas that i think are still very strong.
You'd think 30+ years would be enough to gather some critical thinking towards thugs, rapists, thieves, killers and murderers like the Black Panthers, but the Swedes just can't help themselves in their infatuation with the racist black culture. The added cultural marxist commentators, rappers with conspiracy theories and Erykah Badu's childish ramblings are enough to make a sensible person open The Bell Curve again.
Quite incredible documentary mixing footage shot by a Swedish television crew between '67 and '75 with commentary from a diverse group encompassing those involved with those influenced. The insights shared and the amazing footage unearthed are quite inspiring. A triumph of editing showcasing a time period that should not be forgotten or left to history books which are already bordering on revisionism.
assembled from footage shot by swedish journalists at the time with a less hysterical touch than the american public's. accordingly, we get to hear about free meal programs and watch stokely carmichael hang out with his mom. more a portrait of black city life than a straight bio about the panthers. expect several genuinely illuminating moments. good voiceover too, especially from robin kelley and talib kweli.
Stemming from the incredible and wide-ranged abandoned footage of Swedish journalists(unearthed by poignant American filmakers),came this film that shows the roots of black empowerment in the last 50 years. A great fusion of foreign media coverage brought to life by powerful American voiceovers. A story as relevant today; a story of mans struggle to live a peaceful and fair life. Inspiration that transcends decades.
Marvelous rediscovered footage taken by Swedish film crews in the United States. A combination of revealing looks at our history from an outsiders' point of view mixed with modern commentary and reflections on the time. A wonderful way to look back and get a feel for the times.
The Black Power movement as seen by Swedish reporters who had come to the country with the desire "to understand and portray America - through sound and image- as it really is." Angela Davis, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and ?uestlove, among others, provide voiceovers to this very valuable footage from an outside perpective. Highly recommended.
Watching this was akin to how I felt reading 'Feminism is for Everybody"; digesting information compacted to a length that anyone could adhere to. Seeing this film and knowing the impression of America from the eyes of persons very far outside of Americanization is a very important learning experience.
"You can be black as a crow, white as snow, but if you don't know and aint got the dough, then you can't go." So, watch this insightful documentary, listen to the soulful soundtrack, meditate on the words of these activists, and, most importantly, educate yourself always.
Perhaps the filmmakers pad the running time via endless, uninsightful voiceovers because there's not enough footage from the sixties. Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael rivet, but there's so much musing backwards by famous folks of today that the past seems very, very, very distant.
This was well-done and importantly had a direct and meaningful closing statement/questions to leave the theatre with. On the critical side, in most cases I could have happily taken the original footage and statements without the modern contextualization and framing.. though some of it was important (as I said, the closing statements which tied past events together with modern culture and politics were meaningful).
A an extremely interesting documentary about the Black Power movement in the United States as documented by Swedish filmmakers during that period. Their outsider perspective and the unexpected access they had to leading figures of the time brings a freshness to the history. Augmented by recent audio interviews with members of the movement, as well as modern-day artists. Found footage with a real purpose. Recommended.