Directors: van Peebles, Melvin
Cast: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster
USA 1971 | Colour | 97 mins | Crime | Drama
Avaliable on: 35mm, DVD
A brash depiction of urban African American life previously unseen on the screen, the political resonance of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss! Song was confirmed in the Black Panthers’ vocal acclaim of the film 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. It is also very funny.