A series of screenings presented in collaboration with Louverture Films that seeks to generate discussions about cinema as a strategy of complexity and plurality and as a resistance to constructed realities


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

A film directed by Göran Hugo Olsson that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement

Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Memory
  • Public culture
  • Social Justice

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Slought and the SP2 Social Justice and Arts Integration Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce a special screening of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011), a film directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6-9pm at Slought. It will be followed by a conversation with scholar and activist Kathleen Cleaver, who will be joined by Greek Parliamentary Member and former Minister of Culture in Greece, Aristides Baltas, and writer and professor Eduardo Cadava. This event is free and open to the public, however registration is requested. Please plan to arrive early as registering does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is first come, first served.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish filmmakers who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television.

Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation's most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om'Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African- American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle — including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles — give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.

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Kathleen Neal Cleaver is a senior lecturer and research fellow at Emory University School of Law, and has spent her life participating in the human rights struggle. She started alongside her parents in the 1950s civil rights protests in Alabama. By 1966, Kathleen Neal dropped out of Barnard College to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where she served in its Campus Program based in Atlanta. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and from 1967 to 1971 was the first communications secretary of the Black Panther Party. After sharing years of exile, in Algeria and France with former husband Eldridge Cleaver, she returned with her family to the United States in late 1975. Cleaver's path continues to engage her in forums, teaching, writing, and film projects that challenge racist injustice and incorporate human rights concerns within the United States and across the African Diaspora.

Aristides Baltas is former Minister of Culture, Minister of Education, and Minister of Religious Affairs for the current Greek government, currently a member of the Greek Parliament, and Professor Emeritus of philosophy of science at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. His research interests include Marxism and psychoanalysis as well as the relations between analytic and continental approaches to philosophy. He collaborates with Greek newspapers and journals on social and political issues and is a member of the direction of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), responsible for drafting its founding Manifesto.

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This event is presented in collaboration with Louverture Films and produced by Slought. It is presented in partnership with the School of Social Policy & Practice and with the support of the Cinema & Media Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.