Scalarama Liverpool marks 50 years since 1968 to see what impact that revolutionary year had on the world and what can we learn from the past to deal with the current state of affairs. We’ll be launching the BLACK POWER strand of this programme with an event at the Black-E looking at the legacy of the Black Power movement in the US as seen by two European filmmakers.
BLACK PANTHERS (1968)
Agnès Varda, 1968, France, 30mins
Whilst she was living in the US, famed filmmaker Agnès Varda turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration against the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton. In addition to evincing Varda’s fascination with her adopted surroundings and her empathy, this perceptive short is also a powerful political statement.
BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967 – 1975
Göran Olsson, 2011, Sweden/US, 100mins, partly in Swedish with English subtitles
From 1967 to 1975, fueled by curiosity and naïveté, Swedish journalists traversed the ocean to film the black power movement in America. The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 mobilizes a mosaic of images, music, and narration to chronicle the movement’s evolution.
Doors: 6pm. Films: 6.30pm.
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Screening supported by Uprising!: The Spirit of ‘68, a major programme organised by the BFI Film Audience Network, delivering funds from the National Lottery.