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The Black Power Mixtape

Angela Davis , Stokely Carmichael , Goran Olsson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale
  • Directors: Goran Olsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60 s and 70 s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, the SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, and Black Panthers founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.  Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Goran Hugo Olsson presents this mixtape, highlighting the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time.  Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing narration and commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time capsule of African-American history.

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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See "Mixtape" For the People November 12, 2011
Compiled from the forgotten footage of Swedish television journalists, Goran Hugo Olsson's "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" is just what its title says: a mixtape -- no more, no less. The film samples very powerful voices from the 1960s and 1970s and injects contemporary commentary from older people who were involved with the movement and younger people (including Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and Questlove (Amir Khalib Thompson) from The Roots) whose lives were changed by it.

The Swedish journalists' footage is nothing short of electrifying. A great deal of the footage in the first half of the film captures the rise of the Black Panther Party, which was not simply composed of gun-toting militant people, as the media so carelessly (or perhaps deliberately) portrayed. In fact, BPP members like Ericka Huggins were running community schools and trying to better the education available to Black communities; BPP initiatives like the Free Breakfast for Children programs sought to meet basic needs for Black communities. Self-defense was simply another initiative to serve the people and protect them from unwarranted brutality and violence.

Moreover, the personal interviews are astounding. A personal interview with Angela Davis as she sits in prison shows her speaking fiercely about the historical legacy of violence in Black communities. In another clip, Stokely Carmichael gently interviews his own mother as she talks about their family's dealings with racism. The intimacy and candor of these interviews and speeches grant a sense of immediacy to names that we only read about in books or hear about in class (that is, if we get the opportunity to learn about people like Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Huey Newton beyond a cursory overview).
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MUST see documentary of 2011! November 22, 2011
I traveled 80 miles to see this film because it was not showing in my home city. I was not disappointed. This film is excellent and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I am beyond thrilled it is available for purchase. I believe it is an important documentary for my children and my children's children to see in the interest of American history and the truth. This is a must see people. Add it to your private DVD collection & purchase more as gifts for your family and friends.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb November 26, 2011
Must See Doc....I absolutely loved it. The archived footage is full of history and the dialogue is very compelling. I found out about the Doc thru twitter I follow Talib Kweli and a few others and they were constantly talking about it so I had to check it out.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a must see, but a mandatory see December 30, 2011
An extremely powerful collection of historic footage covering the black power movement--as well as the plight of Black Americans--of the most radical period in U.S. history. The footage and commentary are emotionally moving, but more oft, they're painful to absorb, which is why this documentary deserves a viewing by anyone who claims to have concern and compassion towards the struggle of their fellow humans. Kudos to the journalists of Sweden for their thorough and passionate coverage of a very intense period within human history. Having just viewed this film, I now want to further pursue the words of freedom fighters Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis. This film unintentionally points out the deafening void of any sort of representation of today's Black America. It's mandatory that the powerful and inspirational words that came from the mouths of Malcolm and Angela and Stokely and Martin be heard by today's apathetic and easily-distracted youth. "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" is a perfect start for them.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! December 14, 2011
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If you are thirsty for knowledge of our history you must see this documentary. It is still extremely relevant to what are going through in this country today. In 1968 the white government of this country murdered or imprisoned our leaders. I can't help but wonder where Black people would be today if all our leaders had of been able to continue to free the minds of our people. Not only must you see this you must buy this documentary!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important film for our nation's education.... February 15, 2012
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I had heard about this film, for a good six months, before my local PBS (Public Broadcasting Station) broadcast it, for Black History Month. This takes a very honest look at the Black Power Movement of the United States, in the mid-1960s and 1970s. Written and directed by Goran Hugo Olsson, a Swedish filmmaker, we get a unique perspective, through the eyes of a White/European documentarian, interspersing reel footage with audio commentary from people like Erykah Badu (musician/activist), Harry Belafonte (musician/actor/activist), Stokely Carmichael (Trinidadian-American activist), Angela Davis (activist/author/professor), Talib Kweli (hip hop artist/activist), Melvin Van Peebles (actor/director/activist), and Sonia Sanchez (writer/activist/educator), who give us their own viewpoints on the effect of systemized, insular oppression on the African American public in the United States.

We see footage from Malcolm X and his debate, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Black Panther meetings for youth, and community members living at (or below) the poverty line. The narrative is strong, the interview passages are engaging, and the viewer gets a very raw and unfiltered sense of the darkness imposed on the people by the powers that be. Of course, it depends on who you ask. The filmmaker starts the film by interviewing a fifty year old white restauranteur, in a small East Coast town. He seems to be convinced that everyone has a good chance at eating a piece of the pie, and that there is no division amongst peoples. When we go on to see the reality of the squalor, open and close fisted racism, and the words of numerous activists who were considered modern day terrorists, for wanting to rough up the status quo - in protest of acts of inhumanity and "civil" displays of racial disparity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the movie was good
Published 1 month ago by leon b lafleur
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent footatage!
Great footage of what the textbooks tend to leave out. A side of Angela Davis and Stokely that is often overlooked.
Published 3 months ago by Cassia
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackness is the Beauty of Light.
A definate must have for all who truly understand the idea of a Afrikans struggle in america during those horrific times.
Published 3 months ago by FURQAAN S. ALI
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
I love the product and will absolutely recommend you to all of My friends and coworkers.Have a wonderfull day.Thank you very much.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Fluker
5.0 out of 5 stars For God sake give more power to the people
Great U S history lesson. Some lessons has not change, law enforcers are not enforcing the rules equally in this country. Racism is alive and well.
Published 5 months ago by lfjohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD!
This DVD took me through time and I was mesmerized with what I saw. I appreciated how it pulled out the pertinent and historical black events and explained them thoroughly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Triceei
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it
very thought provoking. I liked this movie and you will too if you are into the counterculture movements of the era.
Published 7 months ago by Dylan Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Power Mixtape
I viewed this documentary because I am doing a project on The Black Panther Party. I found the speaker in the mixtape to be creditable and gave a fairly good insight on the era. Read more
Published 7 months ago by aaingram
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is
This is not a documentary chronicling the history of the Black Power movement but provide insights into the movement. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Power Mixtape
Chosed this rating because of the contents of this mix. Liked how it reminds me of those days how certain people put themselves out there for equality and civil rights. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leanypoo
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