The Black Power Mixtape


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Release Date: September 9, 2011
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Göran Hugo Olsson
Producer: Annika Rogel
Executive producer: Tobias Janson
Production design: Stefania Malmsten
Music: Corey Smyth, Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Editors: Hanna Lejonqvist, Göran Hugo Olsson

Synopsis: At the end of the 1960s, numerous Swedish journalists came to the US, drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Filming for close to a decade, they gained the trust of 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 Olsson brings 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—crafts a dynamic chronicle of the birth and life of a movement.

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