Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss! Song is a brash depiction of urban African American life which had, on its release in 1971, been previously unseen in mainstream cinema. Famously acclaimed by the Black Panthers’ as a ‘revolutionary masterpiece’, it sparked the birth of independent Black Cinema and has been cited as inspiration by directors such as Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino.
Now considered among the most important films in the history of African-American cinema, this is a story of a man in flight from white authority after being framed by crooked cops. After a fatal altercation involving a Black Panther and two violent police officers, sex-show performer Sweetback flees Los Angeles to Mexico, and the film deepens in its experimental surrealism as we follow his journey.
Please be aware that this film is violent, explicit, shocking and very, very funny.
The film will be introduced by Dr Eithne Quinn Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester who will introduce this iconic independent film that launched the black action (or ‘blaxploitation’) film cycle of the early 1970s.
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