All stars supporting / redressing need for social justice . Film has many household names of the era, visible/ audible, and what a trip down memory lane that has been! However, for those new to the issues, the story feels less cohesive, not explaining context much, but the snippets are poignant. Noted the calmer countenances than these days where hostility bristles roadsides in places.
A powerful and insightful compacted view via Swedish filmmakers' lenses into systemic racism, key figures in the U. S. Civil Rights movement and the insidious nature of White supremacy that holds capitalism at it's core. Filmed by non Black people from Sweden it acts as a springboard to read books and watch films made by Black story-tellers. Keep free to access with all other films about Black history on this site.
It's incredible to watch this and realize that, at the height of American Cold War propaganda, a totalitarian regime existed within the US. Black Panther Party members and radical activists were imprisoned on political charges; kangaroo trials and extrajudicial execution abounded. To see it from an outside (Swedish) perspective is heartbreaking. Particularly powerful viewed in conjuction w/Ava DuVernay's film 13th.
maybe it's because prior to seeing this i saw another documentary that gave a much more detailed insight of america's history, but i felt like something was missing here. i sadly didn't find that there was any distinct voice behind this documentary, and while it could have been a very unique view of a terrible situation, the swedish perspective adds little, and in fact, starts to take away from the value of the film
A rich history of the Black Power movement, led by the voices of the some of the best minds of the modern generation. Essential viewing for everyone in order to best see where the BP movement originated from, and draw the parallels as to why it’s message is still so vitally needed today
Really insightful. An important look back at history but also a reminder that many of themes are still relevant today. My only small criticism would be about the on-screen text; I thought there were quite a few unnecessary captions that distracted from the footage at times.
A much needed set of black perspectives on their own persecution. Stokely Carmichael’s declaration that ‘I am in prison’ is a powerful reminder of the chains, physical and psychological, that have bound black people since the wholesale kidnapping of their forebears from the coast of Africa.
This film's real strength is just allowing people the space to speak. There's some powerful and moving interviews from the 60s and 70s, with important figures in the Black Power movement and regular people on the street. The film isn't dogmatic but it doesn't need to be. As the more modern commentators make clear; the injustices suffered in the 60s/70s are still relevant all these years later...
It's hard to not feel accountable for how little things have changed for racial minorities in the West. This is expertly presented here via the incorporeal, contemporary black voices that accompany the haunting archival footage & echo centuries of systemic racism. As Kimberly Jones said, we are lucky that black people just want equality & not revenge. There's not much more for us to say. It's finally time to listen.
From the very start we're told this isn't the whole story of the black power movement in America but a perception looking from the outside in. And what's refreshing about it is how calm and focused this archived footage is, broken down in it's 9 chapters the key moments what was happening at the time within the black community that wanted equal rights and respect but also the darker side of the poverty and addiction.
Should a propaganda masterclass get 5 stars or 1? "Why are you hitting yourself?" the bully asks, his face a picture of innocence. "Why did you make me angry?" the abuser pleads. "Why did you make me burn the city down...?" And if you're broken down enough, you'll answer on his terms. Yet, strangely, I remain unconvinced that the USA needs to become another Haiti or Zimbabwe in the name of PrOgReSs.
How interesting to see this footage and hear these voices through a Swedish film crew. Angela Y Davis Is literally THE Queen and this is littered with powerful intelligent black role models and leaders who were targeted, abused and mostly killed for their intellect and for standing up for themselves and their people. Couldn't be more relevant