The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

About This Episode


For three decades, the film canisters sat undisturbed in a cellar beneath the Swedish National Broadcasting Company. Inside was roll after roll of fresh and candid 16mm footage shot in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States, all of it focused on the anti-war and Black Power movements. When filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson discovered the footage, he decided he had a responsibility to shepherd this glimpse of history into the world.

At the end of the '60s and into the early '70s, Swedish interest in the U.S. civil rights movement and the U.S. anti-war movement peaked. Swedish filmmakers traveled across the Atlantic to explore the Black Power movement, staying committed to their investigation despite obstacles they encountered from the conservative white American power establishment and from radicalized movement members themselves. With contemporary audio interviews, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America; looking at the people, society, culture and style that fueled an era of convulsive change.