From 1967 to 1975, fueled by curiosity and naïveté, Swedish journalists traversed the ocean to film the black power movement in America. The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 mobilizes a mosaic of images, music, and narration to chronicle the movement’s evolution.
Later finished by a new generation of filmmakers after a goldmine of footage was discovered from this turbulent time in American race relations, The Black Power Mixtape is a revelatory portrait of what should have been but a moment in history, yet this period has sadly not yet passed. Essential.
Really interesting movie with shots of everyday street scenes as well as interviews and dramatic footage that created an empathy over the people participating in the movement. It isn't trying to tell the whole story of the movement but it made me interested in searching more about their ideas that i think are still very strong.
Stemming from the incredible and wide-ranged abandoned footage of Swedish journalists(unearthed by poignant American filmakers),came this film that shows the roots of black empowerment in the last 50 years. A great fusion of foreign media coverage brought to life by powerful American voiceovers. A story as relevant today; a story of mans struggle to live a peaceful and fair life. Inspiration that transcends decades.
Marvelous rediscovered footage taken by Swedish film crews in the United States. A combination of revealing looks at our history from an outsiders' point of view mixed with modern commentary and reflections on the time. A wonderful way to look back and get a feel for the times.
Watching this was akin to how I felt reading 'Feminism is for Everybody"; digesting information compacted to a length that anyone could adhere to. Seeing this film and knowing the impression of America from the eyes of persons very far outside of Americanization is a very important learning experience.