Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

1971, U.S., 97m, DCP

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Screened December 15–26, 2018

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Targeted by bigoted cops after witnessing police brutality, L.A. street hustler Van Peebles turns California desert outlaw. As writer/director/producer/editor/composer (with Earth, Wind & Fire) Van Peebles got his movie made just ahead of the blaxploitation curve—and (profitably) distributed by any means necessary; “dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who have had enough of the Man,” the film was “rated X by an all-white jury.” With John Amos.

DCP courtesy of Xenon Films, Vinegar Syndrome, and the American Genre Film Archive

A film by Melvin Van Peebles