IFC Films Unlimited announced they are now streaming The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 for free on select platforms. It’s a chance to hear how the struggle for racial justice 50 years ago is still relevant today. Here’s the trailer:
The footage is a who’s who of revolutionaries, and it features Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Talib Kweli, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Questlove.
PBS has a great background on the project:
At the end of the ’60s and into the early ’70s, Swedish interest in the U.S. civil rights movement and the U.S. anti-war movement peaked. With a combination of commitment and naiveté, Swedish filmmakers traveled across the Atlantic to explore the Black Power movement, which was being alternately ignored or portrayed in the U.S. media as a violent, nascent terrorist movement.
Despite the obstacles they encountered, both from the conservative white American power establishment and from radicalized movement members themselves, the Swedish filmmakers stayed committed to their investigation, and ultimately formed bonds with key figures in the movement.
The unaired footage was stored for three decades without being seen at the Swedish National Broadcasting Company. Goran Hugo Olsson discovered the footage and supplemented it with modern interviews in a mixtape format. Check it out!
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