With all this talk about occupying streets and cities and seeing the beginnings of what could be an actual movement, it was great to see the recent documentary "The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975)" at the cozy Varsity Theatre the other night. This documentary focuses on the Black Power Movement in America circa 1967-1975 as seen through the eyes of a Swedish television crew. This footage was shelved decades ago and only recently surfaced when the T.V. station that shot it all went kaput and sold off everything.
At times it's awkward to see just how out of touch the Swedes are with the Black Civil Rights Movement at the time (see Angela Davis speak at the beginning of the trailer below), but it does provide for a thoroughly unique perspective and objective insight into the personalities and events of this volatile time.
The revolutionary logic and charisma of Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Eldridge Cleaver is a striking as are the candid portrayals the life and death struggles their lives actually were. You'll leave not only enlightened but also fired up about the connections between the morally bankrupt government of the Nixon administration and the degenerative bureaucracy of today.
If you're looking for something to do tonight in Seattle, go see this movie. But see it tonight, because it's the last night it's playing!
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