This archival scrapbook of the black power movement was assembled from footage shot by Swedish journalists in the ’60s and ’70s. The movie gets beyond the familiar fetishistic trappings — the Black Panthers posing with their guns and Che-knockoff Marxist berets, etc. — to reveal the humanistic yearnings of the key players. The Black Power Mixtape 1967?1975 is a tangy raw stew of history, even if it never begins to confront the contradictions that bedeviled black militancy. B+
DOCUMENTING A MOVEMENT Martin Luther King and Harry Belafonte in The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (SVT)
Genre: Documentary; Release Date Limited: 09/09/2011; Runtime (in minutes): 100; Distributor: Sundance Selects
Posted August 31 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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