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Power To The People

Written by: FFT Webmaster | September 6th, 2011

In 1967, a young Swedish journalist named Ingrid Dahlberg travelled to New York City to interview “black power” revolutionary Stokely Carmicheal for Swedish television. That footage and other revelatory interviews with other militants including Angela Davis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Eldrige Cleaver and Harry Belafonte, has sat in vaults for over 40 years, until now…..In the new documentary THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975, which opens in New York on September 9, the dynamism and ultimate disillusionment of that political struggle is revealed with astonishing immediacy. “It was my duty to put out this material for a new audience to understand those times”, the film’s director Goran Hugo Olsson was quoted to say in a recent interview. With racial division still a hallmark of American life despite (or perhaps because of) the election of the nation’s first African-American president, the film is especially timely. In contrasting interviews (done then and more recently), many veterans of the movement see the period of activism depicted in the film as validated by its continued relevance. The film earned acclaim at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was also embraced by European critics and audiences at the politically left-of-center Berlin Film Festival. Haymarket Books will publish a collection of extended transcripts of the interviews and the New York art gallery Third Streaming is mounting a photography exhibition that will showcase stills from the explosive era. How this will all be received in an increasingly conservative and polarized America will be the subject of great debate and discussion in the months to come. For more information on the film, visit:

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