Film Review: Scenes from a Movement

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967–1975 (in theaters and video-on-demand; Sundance Selects)

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As its title suggests, this music-driven assemblage chronicles the black revolutionary struggle over a tumultuous period. But unlike some VH1 pop-doc, the film was created from archival footage discovered in a Swedish TV station. It blends beautifully shot vérité moments of urban life with intimate interviews with the era’s most famous icons, such as Stokely Carmichael talking side by side with his mom, and an impassioned prison one-on-one with Angela Davis. Seeing “black power” through foreign, unbiased eyes yields a uniquely honest portrait of this often vilified movement.

 

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