“Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song has a lot of historical significance. It is an early independent film in what’s considered the current “modern” style… it was controversial (it initially earned an X rating (later changed to an R) and touted that fact proudly as a tagline), it was made for $150 thousand but grossed $15 million, and most importantly … it is credited with starting the Blaxploitation craze in the 1970s.” -Brandt Sponseller, IMDb
Released in 1971, Sweet Sweetback reignited the truly Black independent filmmaking movement begun by Oscar Micheaux & others in 1910.
After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from “the man” with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.
1971 ‧ Drama film/Blaxploitation ‧ 1h 37m
Doors open at 2, Screening 2:30.
Discussion follows led by BFMM Executive Director & Curator, Pamela Thomas.
Sponsors include BFMM, The Cincinnati Herald, the Cincinnati Film Society, P.A.R. Projects, & Baked4025