(The following is a reprint of my review written on 7.3.14)
One of if not the quintessential documentaries on the Black Power Movement. Athough Racism is still all around us and carries on today, African-American citizens of the United States fought hard for social change and progress, which really took off or gave rise in this era. Being in that I like to think I’m pretty well versed in Black History, I felt like this did a great job touching on all of the significant events of the time. But even more importantly, it did it in a very non-biased, well balanced way. At no point did it feel like it was taking sides. The only agenda it seemed concerned with was to show us a place and time in History and what the significant events were that transpired. This may have helped because it was captured by documentarians from Sweden who basically just turned the cameras on and filmed what they saw. Little did they know they were documenting one of the most important movements and eras in American History. Featuring interviews with some of who’s who in today’s Black community – Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Questlove, Taleb Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles, along with a solid hip hop soundtrack, and interwoven with some great archival footage of some of the more prominent speakers of the movement. People like Stokely Charmichael and Angela Davis. This is an important look at a group of people, who through means of defending their rights, spoke out for Black people all around the country and achieved significant social change and progress in the process. An absolute must see for any history or music buff as there’s a little something here for everyone.