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Thursday, September 8, 2011

In Theaters Tomorrow: "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"

"My desire is to create a film that illuminates the remarkable people, society, activism, culture and styles that fuelled a change."- Göran Hugo Olsson - Filmmaker

Hitting theaters in New York tomorrow is The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, a quiet yet poignant indie film that takes a look at the civil rights movement as led by some of the most prominent figures of its time, while also giving a voice to some of our more modern heroes of the movement who reflect on the era. Featuring vintage interviews with icons of the era like Angela Davis--whose fascinating sound bytes breathe light into the captivating trailer you'll see below--and more recent interviews with modern legends like Erykah Badu and Melvin Van Peebles, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is a remarkable time capsule of moving footage for younger moviegoers and those who lived through the movement, brought to you by director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover.

The official synopsis from the press release reads as follows:

At the end of the 1960’s, numerous Swedish journalists came to the US, drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Filming for close to a decade, they gained access to many of the leaders of the Black Power movement – Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver among them – capturing them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection of 16mm film, peppered with footage of Black Panther activities and B-roll images of black America, was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this mesmerizing footage to light and, integrating audio interviews with prominent African-American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle – from Erykah Badu to Harry Belafonte – craft a dynamic chronicle of the birth and life of a movement.

Looks very powerful. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is in theaters in New York on Friday, September 9.


Cherokee said...

Definitely getting tickets to this at the London Film Festival. Have been wanting to see it for ages, but I have GOT to see it now after your write-up!

Angella Lister said...

Can't wait to see this. Love Angela Davis, always have. Thanks for the reminder!

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