Cliché as ever, but we have to say Angela knows how to rock a mock turtleneck.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson
Some moments are truly powerful. As a collection of film shot by Swedish journalists, ambitiously titled, and containing old footage juxtaposed with an odd assortment of black figures speaking about the film and its subjects, it’s able to stand on its own. However, no illusions should be drawn about this documentary holding even a cursory narrative about this period in black history. In this light, perhaps the intertitles were misleading—flowing from year to year as if to succinctly summarize 9 years of struggle, rather than contextualize each piece. With that said, being able to witness Stokley Carmichael in public and more intimate settings, hearing the bubbling current of Lewis H. Michaux, and receiving a smattering of lesser known characters during this period is a worthwhile and invaluable resource. And there is, of course, Angela Davis.
You know you love it.
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
If a single frame can capture an affect, then this moment surely speaks not only of the rage within the black community, but a uneasy sense of anticipation for an escalation in tactics. From two shots of a single burning squad car, split to rest on top of each other like a stacked barricade, Van Peebles is reiterating what the preceding moments of this scene were trying to portray: a relatively spontaneous, but organized social sabotage of state repression.