13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2012
If you are interested in human rights or the 70s, then this is for you. Its really unusual to see U.S. news from a European viewpoint; the film brings alive Black Power Giants I had only heard of but never seen, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael, for example. Really gratifying is to see they accurately reflect the movement as one of being about self empowerment-through education and breakfast club schemes-rather than only focusing on the self defence element of their philosophy.
The DVD has an extra short film about a woman who reflects the confusion about identity that can be experienced by the children of immigrants.Recommended.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2011
Really this is a specialist product for students of the American Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the late '60's and early 1970s. As such it is both unique and invaluable, and also limited and needing to be used with care. What it does very well is to show firstly the different attitude and outlook of many of the next generation of African-American activists to Martin Luther King. It also shows very clearly, through being sub-divided into year by year sections, how fast changes were taking place in the movement; and how quickly some aspects went sour. As the original product of one single Scandinavian documentary film team, on the other hand, it has all of the disadvantages as well as the advantages of a single contemporary source. There is no wider context setting, so do not expect to see reference to other elements in the radical movement of the period: SDS, the Weathermen, Symbionese Liberation Army etc. A greater limitation is that the team's main contacts seem to have been with Stokeley Carmichael and Angela Davies, and so other key figures within the Black Power movement either appear relatively fleetingly or, as in the case of Bobby Seale, not at all. Despite these limitation, however, this tape is absolutely worth buying for its superb snapshot of the time.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2012
Documentaries of this nature come few and far between. The fact that it is a splicing together of footage left in store of 60's and 70's America is quite akin to early Hip Hop production. And, so the term "mixtape" is quite pertinent. America at that time through a foreigner's eyes helps to provide a balanced approach in defining the issues for people of colour and the icons who gave voice to their cause. Students of documentary will appreciate the story's archivist approach, historians will see a behind the scenes perspective and the general audience an alternative look at the issues of the day. Money well spent and 80 minutes well invested.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
A very rare and insightful overview of a pivotal racially and politically charged era in American history. The footage of interviews with Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davies and others are a gold dust; as well as the commentaries by Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, etc.
I for one did not know that the drugs epidemic in Black urban communities in America has a direct link to troops returning from the Vietnam conflict! I won't give too much else away suffice to say that anyone who purchases this landmark Swedish documentary will not be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
Excellent doc, highly recommended. A free, but truthful review of Black Power movement. A must to understand Europe-free-minded vision of Black America.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2015
I as a white person are very interested in the Black Power Struggle of the 1960s/1970s. I do remember very clearly pictures on TV in the 1960s of
Black People being abused by the Police, or other White people. This DVD portrays the struggle of Black People to be free, although sadly the Racial Discrimination is still experienced by Black People of today. Angela Davis was a very famous voice in the Black American communities, and on the DVD features many other equally famous other Black American voices. Why I myself am interested in Black Power Struggle is because it is the struggle for all peoples to be free and standing up for your rights. I thoroughly recommend this DVD is a very powerful and moving historically important document detailing the struggles to emancipate humanity from bondage in inherent in Racist Fascist America - which hasn't gone away today.