Film review: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
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4/5If you were asked which nation the most in-depth and profound footage of the Black Power movement comes from, I doubt that answer would be ‘Sweden’! But that is exactly where the footage for this brilliant visual ‘mixtape’ originates. At the end of the Sixties, and into the mid-Seventies Swedish documentary-makers shot hours of footage capturing the birth of the Black Power movement in the US. Originally shown on Swedish television, it has now been reassembled into this thought-provoking package. With new comment from prominent black figures from the movement and the present day, cut with a brand new original score put together with contemporary black artists including Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson (from The Roots) and Erykah Badu - this is new type of documentary. Free from spin, conjecture and shot from a complete outsider’s perspective Black Power Mixtape simply presents a vision of the movement as it was, as a moment in time – warts and all, laid bare. As this was something rarely done at the time in the US, this is what makes this a special viewing experience. The film takes us from the emergence of Stokely Carmichael and the Black Panthers, through the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the uprising at Attica prison, the trial of Angela Davis and the emergence of the Nation of Islam.
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