"Simply astonishing from start to finish !!"
Found in a basement these are 40 year old never-before-seen interviews with Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P Newton, Kathleen Cleaver, Eldridge Cleaver, Harry Belafonte, Bobby Seale, Minister Farrakhan. Also featuring Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Mario Van Peebles.
See Trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFWHNpfjByQ
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is unique. It gathers together a treasure trove of original film footage produced for Swedish television and shot in the US during that tempestuous period of American history, when the Black Power movement, anti-Vietnam-war protests, rebellious students, and a general resistance to authority captured the attention of the world — especially in Sweden, where in the words of filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, documentary-makers reacted "with a combination of commitment and naïveté" to the upheavals across the Atlantic.
The gift Olsson's doc gives us is to see ourselves as others see us. The "global perspective" makes even the most over-analyzed events seem fresh. And so when Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis calmly and persuasively explain their discontent with the enigma that is America, we can listen to them with different ears, through that Swedish filter. Assembled by Olsson from archival sources, Mixtape presents the kind of news reports we very seldom saw in the US in those days, particularly on TV. The Swedes' point of view is intriguing because they don't have the same preconceptions as Americans. That distance, however, did not protect Sweden's state-run TV from being labeled as "anti-American" by none other than TV Guide. (Indeed, that Scandinavian country's skepticism of official American policy was a sore point with Washington — in 1972, when Prime Minister Olof Palme publicly denounced the US bombing of Hanoi, the US State Department angrily froze diplomatic relations with Sweden for more than a year.)
The filmmakers, who include co-producer Danny Glover, added a 2011 commentary track from people inspired by the era, among them singers Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, and actor/director Melvin Van Peebles. Amir "Questlove" Thompson's music soundtrack is superb. But the voices from the past are what really count. This is the first time most of us have had a chance to hear Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, and radical filmmaker Emile de Antonio (In the Year of the Pig, Point of Order), who offers a scathing summation of the political situation. We visit Oakland, Harlem, and Hallandale, Florida, and listen to returned Vietnam vets, Malcolm X, attorney William Kunstler, performer Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, and Lewis Michaux, the proprietor of an African-American bookshop. These are the men and women Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, and the networks didn't want us to know about.
The 16mm footage is beautiful — that grainy, fast film conveys immediacy differently than digital — and filmmaker Olsson's intentions are beyond reproach. In his "Director's Notes," he states: "The people in the film changed the world for the better. Not only for black people in America, or any marginalized group, but for all people." Catch The Black Power Mixtape before it slips away.
Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk will be arranging several Community Premieres of this fantastic film with Q and A's with Black British Civil Rights activists of the 1960's and 70's. Check schedule below for details, some need booking in advance, some are pay-on-the-door so please check before coming down.
Friday 28 Oct 6.30 Kensington Library Theatre, Phillimore Walk, off High St Kensington Online booking only £8.00 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/136395
Saturday 15 October 7-10pm
Jumping the Broom at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Tube: Ladbroke Grove/ Notting Hill
Tickets £8.50 in advance or on door http://www.tabernaclew11.com/whats-on/ but dont delay, this will be popular!
Top 5 in the US Box Office but never released in this country! Third ever cinema screening !
See video clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D90GKozn-Xg
Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes invites you to the marriage of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, Fast & Furious), who just might be the perfect couple. Unfortunately, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett) has an upper-crust sensibility that matches her family's posh estate, where Jason's straight-out-of-Brooklyn mom (Loretta Devine) seems utterly out of place. When the families gather for Jason and Sabrina's wedding, it becomes clear that each side has its traditions...and its secrets. When uptown meets downtown, the truth comes out - and only one question remains. Will this couple endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love and finally jump the broom
This film was supposed to have a UK release but like Great Debaters, Miracle at Santa Anna, Pride and many other positive black fims.. it never happened. Images of Black Women and Black History Walks are proud to present this movie www.imagesofblackwomen.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
Images of Black Women and Black History Walks are proud to present this moviewww.imagesofblackwomen.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk This is a special screening to raise funds for a Nubian Jak Blue Plaque to recognise Frank Crichlow, the founder of the legendary Mangrove restauarant.
On 29th October www.blackhistorywalks will also be screening the never-UK-released Spike Lee film Miracle at Santa Anna at the BFI Southbank, Waterloo
Sunday 9 October 3pm
Tricycle Cinema Kilburn,
Tickets in advance or on door £9.00 from
Second Ever UK Cinema Screening !! This film was never released in this country despite being produced by Oprah Winfrey and starring two Academy Award actors Denzel Washinton and Forest Whittaker. This is an educatonal and inspirational family film full of history and academic excellence for and by young black people
See video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqAYR7CBriA
Plus Q and A with Neil Mayers author of Gifted at Primary, Failing at Secondary, on inspirational teaching and two 9 year old public speakers !
The Great Debaters is a period drama film directed by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey . Based on a true story, the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) at historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a pervasive fear for blacks.
The movie also explores Texas during the Great Depression the day-to-day insults African Americans endured and the importance of education,. Also depicted is James L. Farmer, Jr. (Whitaker), who, at 14 years old, was on Wiley's debate team after completing high school (and who later went on to co-found C.O.R.E., the Congress of Racial Equality). Another character depicted on the team, Samantha Booke, is based on the real individual Henrietta Bell Wells, the only female member of the 1930 debate team from Wiley College who participated in the first collegiate interracial debate in the United States. Wells also happened to be a African American poet whose papers are housed at the Library of Congress.
This is a fantastic, educational and inspiring film presented by Images of Black Women and Black History Walks. www.imagesofblackwomen.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
(On 29th October www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk will also be screening Spike Lees Miracle at Santa Anna at the BFI Southbank which came out in 2008 but was never released here...why ? )
Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.
See video trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiJof_zx2Uk
The Story of Lovers Rock sees the welcome return after an absence of 15 years, of one of our most important British storytellers, director Menelik Shabazz. He is perhaps best known for his award winning feature BURNING AN ILLUSION (1982). Menelik has previously directed work for ITV, BBC and Channel 4. Check out Menelik's film collection
The Menelik Shabbazz Film Collection http://www.loversrockthefilm.com/index.php?page=dvd
The release date for THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK is 30th September 2011 in selected cinemas in London and Birmingham and other cities.
Cinema City Norwich 29/09/11 1 day. Ritzy Brixton 30/09/11 1 day. Rio Dalston 30/09/11 1 day. Shortwave Bermondsey 30/09/11
3 days Vue Shepherds Bush 30/09/11 7 days. Vue Birmingham Star City 30/09/11 7 days. Peckhamplex Peckham 30/09/11
7 days. Pictureville Bradford 04/10/11 4 days. Riverside Hammersmith 18/10/11 1 day, MAC Birmingham. 18/10/11 3 days. Rich Mix Bethnal Green 20/10/11 1 day. Duke of Yorks Brighton 22/10/11 1 day.
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200 years of Black Soldiers in White Wars
Saturday 8th October 12.30-2.00pm
Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road SE1
Tube: Lambeth North.
Adm: Free. First come, first served
Bring pen and pad and be on time
Many people are surprised that there were Jamaican Spitfire pilots and Somali soldiers in the Second World War. The African/Caribbean presence in the Britain’s Imperial forces goes back much further than the 1940's however. This interactive audio-visual presentation will explore this often hidden history including filmed interviews with First World War Jamaican veterans, the role of British West Indies Regiment in Palestine, black female secret agents, and the African troops in Burma in the Second World War. In association with www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk Free talk, no booking required but please arrive in good time