Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In Rhinebeck

Oct 3, Mon 8:00
(Sweden/2011/dir by Göran Olsson)
Unrated / 100 mins.
In 2007, director Goran Hugo Olsson stumbled across an archive of footage languishing in the basement of a Swedish television station.  What he had found was a trove of interviews with some of the most influential and outspoken members of the Black Power movement spanning the late 60’s and early 70’s.
Scenes of urban revolt and mass demonstrations were not uncommon in the American media, but the Swedish footage is set apart in it’s interest in the major articulators of the Black Power movement.  Nearly lost forever, the interviews gathered by the “fair-skinned and starry-eyed” Swedish journalists are rare glimpses into the core of a movement often seen in this country as having been resolved with a happy ending.  The words of Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and Angela Davis (just to name a few) reveal more than simply an historical moment that has passed, but through the decades since their utterance maintain an uncomfortable relevance for our own times.
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