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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Pam Grier ... Herself

Fred Williamson ... Himself

Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself

Elvis Mitchell ... Himself

Gloria Hendry ... Herself

Quentin Tarantino ... Himself

Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself
Afeni Shakur ... Herself
Ed Guerrero ... Himself
Armond White ... Himself
bell hooks ... Herself

Richard Roundtree ... Himself (archive footage)
Tamara Dobson ... Herself (archive footage)

Ron O'Neal ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Finley ... Himself
Larry Cohen ... Himself

Jim Kelly ... Himself (archive footage)

Gordon Parks ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Julien ... Himself (archive footage)

Yaphet Kotto ... Himself (archive footage)

Isaac Hayes ... Himself (archive footage)

Curtis Mayfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Innis ... Himself (archive footage)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rev. Jesse Jackson)

Directed by
Isaac Julien 
Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Paula Jalfon .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Colin MacCabe .... producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andy Cowton 
Cinematography by
Neal Brown 
Gary Kinkead 
Jonathan Partridge 
Film Editing by
Adam Finch 
Production Management
Heather Keenleyside .... production manager
Sound Department
David Ballard .... sound recordist
Steve Jankowski .... sound recordist
John Quinn .... sound recordist
Ben Young .... sound mixer
Other crew
Ava DuVernay .... publicity consultant
Heather Keenleyside .... researcher
Elvis Mitchell .... consultant
Amy Ongiri .... consultant
Melvin Van Peebles .... source
Mary Lea Bandy .... special thanks
Susan V. Berresford .... special thanks
Susan Cahan .... special thanks
Gertrude Fraser .... special thanks
Henry Louis Gates .... special thanks (as Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
Christine Giraud .... special thanks
Julie Heath .... special thanks
Fred Henry .... special thanks
Rebecca Herrera-Barch .... special thanks
Eileen Harris Norton .... special thanks
Peter Norton .... special thanks
John Phillip Santos .... special thanks
William J. Wilson .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Baadasssss Cinema: A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films" - USA (alternative title)
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58 min | USA:55 min (TV)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Mandatory viewing for 'blaxploitation' fans and film critics, 10 May 2003
Author: Artemis-9 from Portugal

Even I, who have seen Melvin van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baaddasssss Song, loved every minute of this revealing documentary. Richly documented with inserts from the films that are being discussed on camera, or that merely give extra power to the narration; also, a number of newspaper clips with headers that made history, or highlighted the political change trends in the late 1970s. The number of people interviewed, and the important messages they deliver now - is a unique upraisal of their work of a quarter of a century ago. For me at least, it was also marvellous to see how Pam Grier, and Gloria Hendry, have gained weight, but are beautiful, sexy women even now. For the young generation, this documentary is also a good introduction to white/black relationships in the USA in the late 1960s - and a big incentive to discover nice, little action and nudity films of the 1970s now (unfortunately) mostly relegated to video warehouses.

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