From 1967 to 1975, fueled by curiosity and naïveté, Swedish journalists traversed the ocean to film the black power movement in America. The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 mobilizes a mosaic of images, music, and narration to chronicle the movement’s evolution.
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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.
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.
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.
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.