Chisholm ’72, Unbought & Unbossed

This powerful piece of work documents the nomination of Shirley Chisholm for leader of the Democratic Party of the USA. The ultimate goal was obvious: Chisholm for president. But the secondary goal, which was just as important, was also just as obvious: Make people listen and take a first step in the right direction.

We have to keep in mind that, in 1972, for a black woman to say that she was going to run for President of the United States, people's reactions were, 'Is she Crazy?', or 'It'll never happen!'. But she had a way about her that forced to people to listen. She was a teacher in an underpriveledged school in Harlem, NY. She made the logical steps…Starting in local politics. Then, she became the first black woman to ever be elected to a seat in Congress. Then, when she announced that she was going to run for the country's top job, her peers didn't quite know what to make of her.

This is classic doco style filmmaking. Lots of stock footage, newsreels, interviews, and the whole thing is made to feel like it was done in 1972. Shirley Chisholm is even interviewed, and her insight and first-hand take into the whole thing is quite touching. The outcome is fantastic! The music, the split-screens, it makes it all fun to watch. I guess I'm not the only one that thinks so, because this film was even nominated to receive the prestigious Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

She ran for president. They wanted to laugh. She made them listen. Regarless of your political views, see this movie. At the very heart of the USA there was a voice for the people. A human being who was ready to take on the world to fight for her convictions. Kinda makes politics today seem boring and pre-fab. I guess everything was groovier in the 70's, even the politicians.

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