Photo: IFC FilmsThere's a scene in "Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975," which opened earlier this month in New York and is just starting to make its way around the country, where Angela Davis, one of the most influential and articulate leaders to come out of the Black Power movement, is being interviewed by Swedish journalists. She was in prison awaiting a murder trial that, in hindsight, was based on pretty flimsy evidence, and her usual poise and reserve started to crack a bit. As she recounted the violence that she witnessed at the hands of whites during her upbringing in Alabama, she looks worn down and tired, her eyes edging with tears. This icon of the time -- lauded by some, vilified by many others -- suddenly seems very human.
Culled from a treasure trove of film shot by Swedish journalists who flocked to the U.S. to cover the movement, "Black Power" is a fascinating mosaic of interviews and footage. There's footage of other African-American leaders at the time, like Black Panthers Huey P. NewtonRead More »from Indie Roundup: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Weekend