THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 (2011) [feature]

Sweden (MIFF 2011 , Backbeat)
Director: Goran Olsson

A fascinating, musically driven nine-year journey through a period of major social upheaval in the US.

A treasure trove of archived film reels, rescued from the vaults of Swedish television, form the basis for this hard-hitting documentary from Göran Hugo Olsson, a tour de force that illuminates the heyday of the US's Black Power movement and the political hysteria that surrounded it.

The striking archival footage - captured by Swedish journalists covering the turmoil in the US - depicts the front lines of this radical militant activism, with fresh commentary provided by those who survived. A 21st-century reassessment is also offered by the likes of Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte and Talib Kweli.

This riveting cultural cut-up is enriched by an authentic anthology of music from the era, along with contemporary grooves supplied by Questlove and The Roots.

D/S Göran Olsson P Annika Rogell Dist Curious Film L English, Swedish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011

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