Owen Gleiberman
August 31, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/09/11
distributor
Sundance Selects
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

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+

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