Los Angeles Times - 09/23/2011
"[T]he images in BLACK POWER are electric. They have the immediacy of history being lived in front of the camera and the charm of allowing us to glimpse the people who made that history before they turned into icons."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/09/2011
"The movie gets beyond the familiar fetishistic trappings...to reveal the humanistic yearnings of the key players. It's a tangy raw stew of history..." -- Grade: B+
Total Film - 11/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]oving scenes of Davis interviewed in prison and '70s Harlem ravaged by drugs lend history the immediacy of on-the-spot reportage."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2011
"[I]t allows us to glimpse rawer and more remarkable elements of mutual transformation in real time -- the before and after of events new under the sun, that can only happen once."
Film Comment - 09/01/2011
"Olsson and his editorial team allow the compelling and often beautiful archival material to flow unencumbered by traditional documentary interventions."
In the late '60s, after the assassination of both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the civil rights movement in America gave way to a more militant breed of activists who were demanding greater self-determination for the African-American community and the right to defend themselves against a system they felt was stacked against them. A number of journalists for Swedish television were fascinated with the rise of the Black Panther Party and the larger Black Power movement, and on several occasions sent film crews to the United State to interview major figures in the African-American militant community. Filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson has used some of this archival footage as the basis for the documentary THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE: 1967-1975, which includes vintage interviews with Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Louis Farrakhan, and other key figures in the Black Power movement. The newsreels are accompanied by recent interviews with artists, activists, and cultural historians who discuss this volatile period in American history, including Harry Belafonte, Abiodun Oyewole, Melvin Van Peebles, and many others. THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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