Festival

Sundance Film Festival

2012

Sundance Film Festival watch: BLACK POWER MIXTAPE

Among the intriguing films in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January is Goran Hugo Olsson’s powerful-looking THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975. The film combines audio interviews with contemporary figures with 16mm archival footage documenting the Black Power movement in America, shot by Swedish journalists between 1967 and 1975 and only recently unearthed from the basement in which it quietly waited out the last 30 years. Among those who provide commentary: Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Sonia Sanchez and Erykah Badu. The film features music by Badu, The Roots and Michael Jackson. Danny Glover is a co-producer.

“When someone asks me about violence, I just find it incredible,” says activist Angela Davis in archival footage from 1972 seen in the trailer (below), “because what it means is that the person who’s asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country, since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.”

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