Join us for a screening of this powerful documentary in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Uprising
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 offers a wealth of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the United States in the 1960s, drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. The Swedes gained access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement – Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver among them. The journalists captured them in intimate and remarkably candid interviews, but the film then sat undisturbed for thirty years in the basement of the Swedish Film and Television Society.
Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring the footage to light in a series of images, music, and narration chronicling the evolution of the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African American artists and activists influenced by the struggle, give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account one of our nation’s most indelible and relevant turning points.
Join us as we reflect on the importance of the 1965 Watts Uprising and the Black Power movement that came to the fore in its aftermath in response to the problems of urban poverty and segregation in the North and West. The film, which is approximately 90 minutes long, will screen as part of our First Thursday Artswalk Film Series at 6:00 pm and again at 7:45 pm.
Admission is free, but seating is limited to approximately twenty people per screening. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to show time to secure your spot.
Please contact the Center with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, (951) 222-8846.
This post was contributed by Center volunteer Danielle Sanchez.