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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Director: Melvin Van Peebles

U.S.A.| 1971. Colour. 97 min.


Here’s a rare opportunity to see Melvin Van Peebles’ legendary early ’70s movie, which touched off a wave of imitative black features, few of which shared Van Peebles’s startling originality and fierce attack. The story of a male ‘performer’ at a ghetto bordello and his run from the law, the film is a shrewd and powerful mix of commercial ingredients and ideological intent.

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