The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Posted January 25, 2011 in

Stokler Carmichael in a scene from "Black Power Mixtape"

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Göran Hugo Olsson

"The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975" is a film collage made from Swedish archival news footage gathered in the 60s and 70s about the American black power movement. Swedish reporters recorded In-depth interviews with people like Dr. Martin Luther King , Eldridge Cleaver and Bobby Seale. Scandinavian Director Göran Hugo Olsson found the footage sitting in the archives, edited them and added narration from a cast of influential American black rights activists (Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Sonia Sanchez, and others ) contrasted by the voices of young contemporary black rap and hip hop stars ( Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Questlove of The Roots ). He recorded the narration tapes in an unscripted, organic process. Olsson asked the participants to watch clips of the footage and then he would record their thoughts about what they saw. Olsson’s decision to use stories from both an older and younger generation allow "The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975" to be marketable to a broad demographic. The news clips used in The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 were originally shown during primetime on Swedish television. They have not been screened since. This film is a crash-course on the historical significance of the American black power movement—still a controversial topic. Viewing it from another country’s perspective sheds new light on the fear America felt towards these activists.

Stokler Carmichael in a scene from "Black Power Mixtape" Angela Davis in a scene from "Black Power Mixtape" "Black Power Mixtape" director Göran Hugo Olsson