The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement-Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them-the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Broken into nine chapters -- one for each year -- the documentary isn't a rigorous work but a felt piece of vital, if flawed, art."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film is testament to the power of archival legwork in documentary-filmmaking."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Olsson includes material that might typically have been considered outtakes and lets clips play at length, reinforcing an impression of intimacy with the participants in the scene."
‑ Ina Diane Archer, Film Comment Magazine
"The result is a film that doesn't chart the rise and fall of the black power movement, and viewers unfamiliar with civil rights history will likely be lost. But it does give insight into the frustration and anger that sparked the movement."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It may not add up to a narrative, but it's a fascinating compilation -- a mixtape you may want to hear more than once."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It's thrilling to hear from unrepentant revolutionaries such as Angela Davis and amusing to hear from their bell-bottomed white lawyers."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"From the fly-on-the-wall, cinéma-vérité style of the '60s to a more aggressive, advocacy approach in the mid-'70s, "Mixtape" is a wide slice of nonfiction film history."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The 'mixtape' designation is apt. This episodic movie doesn't really come together, but its highlights make it worthwhile. (Eldridge Cleaver earns laughs when he names 'the three pigs' running for president: 'Oink Nixon, Oink Humphrey, and Oink Wallace.')"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"...we see our parents and ourselves refracted through a cool if subjective lens, and it's easy to wonder exactly how we made it."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
""Mixtape" is about a foreign country. And the foreign country is ours."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is not your standard documentary dealing with racism in America."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A film that suffers from a surfeit of credulity."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Offers some amazing footage and a surprisingly cohesive narrative, considering that this was old film stock newly discovered and reassembled by contemporary Swedish filmmakers."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"What is most impressive about the film is that it manages to put human faces -- not just caricatures -- on the key figures of the movement."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Impressively made documentary that paints a fascinating portrait of an important period in American history, not least because the perspective stands in stark contrast to the American media's coverage of the same events at the time."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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