Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed
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Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed
Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm made history when she vied for the presidency in 1972. In fact, Congresswoman Chisholm has represented a series of firsts: She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first black person and woman to run a serious, high-profile campaign in the U.S. presidential primary. Her inspiring journey is the subject of this documentary.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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?"
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-'handled' terms is worth the price of admission in itself."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Although many people may be aware that Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to run for this country's Presidency what makes this film such a magnetic documentary is the details behind the campaign, and the woman."
‑ Brad Slager, Film Threat
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