Independent Lens announced three new films that examine the history of African American activism, each from a unique perspective, at last week’s Television Critics Association press tour. The TCA panel included legendary activist Angela Davis and artist Talib Kweli. Watch the video below to see some of the icons and artists who joined Independent Lens in recognizing African American history recently in Los Angeles, and mark your calendar for these films showing next month!
We kick off with Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, premiering on February 2. The film follows the seven-year journey of filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to learn about the mostly forgotten civil rights activist Daisy Bates.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 airs the following week on February 9. Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, the film weaves together footage shot by Swedish television journalists, chronicling the black power movement of the 1960s. Featuring iconic leaders Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver — the film gives a unique look at the people, society, culture, and style that fueled an era of convulsive change.
Finally, More Than a Month will premieres on February 16. The film follows African American director Shukree Hassan Tilghman on a cross-country journey to end Black History Month as he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and power in “post-racial” America.