The Huffington Post
By Rebecca Carroll
Sept 13, 2011
“The Black Power Mixtape” feels less like a documentary and more like a photo album lovingly pasted together by foreign exchange students who stayed with a black family in America for about 10 years. The film intercuts found archival footage shot by two Swedish television journalists who set out to chronicle the Black Power Movement in America between 1967 and 1975, and the result is both strikingly objective and vividly romantic.
Swedish director Goran Hugo Olsson was researching another project when he discovered the footage, never seen outside of Swedish television, and immediately felt compelled to do something smart and meaningful with the material. “I realized it was my duty to take this art and make it accessible to people,” said Olsson. So he hopped a plane to New York City and knocked on the door of Louveture Films, the production company of actor and long-time activist Danny Glover and his producing partner, Josyln Barnes. Glover was impressed. The film struck a chord, and Glover quickly signed on as a co-producer of the film.
“It opens up a recall mechanism for me,” said Glover last week from France, where he was being honored at the Deauville Film Festival. “It excited my own ideas and memories as a young student.” Glover was a member of the Black Student Union at San Francisco State University, which staged a five-month strike to pressure the school to establish its first Ethnic Studies Department.