Swedish journalists discovered a lush collection of interviews and footage languishing in the basement of Swedish Television 30 years after it was recorded. Filmed between 1967-1975, Black Power Mixtape mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists 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.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the Black Power movement in 1960s South Carolina moderated by S. Malik Whitaker, a long-time activist for social change in Columbia and a regional administrator at the SC Department of Social Services.Panelists are Samuel “Kabisa” Edwards of Kwanzaa House, Bishop Redfern II of CityLight Ministries, and Dr. Cleveland Sellers, president of Voorhees College and an active participant in South Carolina’s civil rights movement. Dr. Sellers was the only person arrested as a result of the Orangeburg Massacre, spending seven months behind bars—25 years after his release, he received an official pardon.
Civil Rights Sundays are part of the yearlong Columbia SC 63 initiative planned by the City of Columbia, Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Historic Columbia Foundation and the University of South Carolina.
“We’re excited to continue hosting Civil Rights Sundays because we see the Nick as a community center in our new home on Main Street, where we are focused on using moving images and our resources at the Nick as educational tools and community conversation starters,” said Sherard Duvall, director of media education at the Nickelodeon Theatre. “Columbia SC 63 is such an important initiative for Columbia and the nation, and the Nick is happy to be a part of that.”
The Nickelodeon will screen films once a month on Sundays throughout 2013. Each film will also feature a talkback following the film as an opportunity for viewers to engage with filmmakers and experts on the film’s subject. Civil Rights Sundays are free and open to the public, and seats can be reserved here. The Nick is located at 1607 Main Street.