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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: October 28, 2011 Released by: IFC Films

An impressive documentary from Swedish auteur Goran Olsson creatively coalesces a trove of footage from TV journalists and 16 mm from Swedish reporters in the U.S. providing a striking perspective on the impact of race relations during the Civil Rights Movement. It will resonate most in urban sectors, but has much to offer as a historical chronicle.
The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) has Olsson working effectively with his production staff to unveil interviews with those of the past as contrasted with the more mainstream Martin Luther King. Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Talib Kweli and Bobby Seale are important voices to the testament of the pride of the times when authorities (and folks like J.Edgar Hoover) acted on the sense of upheaval. The images around the more radical Black Panthers will especially stick with those more intimate to the period with commentary by entertainers and activists like Harry Belafonte and Melvin Van Peebles (father of Mario who has inspired him as a filmmaker).
If the focus on black culture during the Motown heyday is lost a little, Olsson's approach in assembling material shelved for three decades is something that gives vintage to archival clips with expressive current talking heads like Erykah Badu, Danny Glover, and Ahmir Questlove. A persuasive "Mixtape" has empowered modern artists and educators beyond blaxpoitation to this day.

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