The Black Power Mixtape

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

The Black Power Mixtape

JOY REVIEW

The Black Power Mix Tape is a view of the Black Power Movement in the United States from 1967-1975, which was certainly active years, by a Swedish director whose name is Goran Hugo Olsson. You like me may be asking yourself why do we care about a Swedish version of American History, and the short answer is we probably don’t.  It’s not a very well made documentary, but the reason to see it is because you see live footage or real footage of Stokely Carmichael, of Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver.  One of the problems with the film is that they have modern day artists doing the voiceover, but you don’t see their faces.  It’s a very sloppy documentary, but it does have the footage of that sort of mid-decade when the Black Power Movement really took hold, and you understand that Stokely was an egotist, but incredibly charming, while Bobby Seal always looked kind of dangerous.  Angela was seductive, and Eldridge was just plain angry for most of the time.  So it’s interesting from that point of view.   Its likely that there’s a better story to be told here than this one is telling, but for the footage — the part I probably liked best was Harry Belafonte being cute and adorable to the camera.  2.5 stars

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