the film
"CHISHOLM '72- Unbought and Unbossed", presented by Film Movement is the first historical documentary that explores the life and election campaign of Brooklyn's finest, Shirley Chisholm.

In 1972, when Shirley Chisholm, boldly bid for the presidency, women had barely made it out of the kitchen, and the Civil Rights Act was still new.

"CHISHOLM '72" chronicles the adventures that carried her from the Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to the democratic National Convention where thousands of Americans from all walks of life supported her trail.

With its blaxploitation flare and seventies visual sensibility, "CHISHOLM '72" is a sassy chronicle of this persuasive humanist's campaign. While she was the first black woman elected to congress and the first to run for president, she ran, as she put it, not as a black or a woman but as a candidate of the people.

This powerful and inspiring documentary celebrates a remarkable woman, but also raises stinging questions more potent in this election year about the social implications of her campaign. If the country wasn't ready for Chisholm 30 years ago,under what conditions would a black or a woman be considered electable today? In other words, has anything changed?

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the director
Director: Shola Lynch
This is Shola's directorial debut. This film was entered in the 2004 documentary competition of the Sundance Film Festival. She has worked with and learned from Ken Burns's Florentine Films (Frank Lloyd Wright and Jazz), HBO Sports (Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team), and ROJA Productions (Matters of Race). Lynch's most important filmmaking skill comes from having competed 15 years as a track athlete: perseverance in pursuing a goal. "CHISHOLM '72- Unbought and Unbossed" is distributed by FILM MOVEMENTS.

about the distributor
Film Movement was created so consumers across the country don't have to miss out on some of the best films of the year. Each month our Members receive an award-winning film to own on DVD in advance of it opening in theaters. Selected by curators from the world's top festivals, films are exclusively available through Film Movement. "CHISHOLM '72- Unbought and Unbossed" will be released theatrically and on DVD in September 2004 by Film Movement. As a member of Film Movement you can receive and own DVDs before they run in the theaters. To become a member visit or call 866/YES-FILM.

event details
  Thursday, March 25th, 2004
where:   Tribeca Film Center,
375 Greenwich Street
screening:   7pm-9pm
info line:   212-229-8237

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about the series

This series is a regular presentation and discussion of the year's most gripping documentaries featuring the concerns and interests of the Black and Latino community. While providing a reflection of our world today, these documentaries also inspire, educate and provide a forum for discussion.

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