Saturday, February 06, 2010

Baadasssss (in the presence of Mario Van Peebles)

US 2003. EX: Michael Mann, etc. P: Mario Van Peebles, etc. D: Mario Van Peebles. Based on the book by Melvin Van Peebles: Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerrilla Filmmaking Manifesto. Starring Mario Van Peebles (Melvin Van Peebles). Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Black History Month), 6 Feb 2010.

In the presence of Mario Van Peebles, who gave a rousing presentation of the story behind the film. Having spent a week in Finland (Helsinki, Tampere, and Oulu), with great media coverage (newspapers, radio, tv) this was the last public appearance of Mario's tour. I followed Mario's presentation only.

In his presentations Mario Van Peebles emphasized the meaning of images projecting role models. In the 1980s, two of the most popular tv series were The Cosby Show, with a positive image of a black family, and Miami Vice, created by Michael Mann, pairing a white cop and a black cop. A generation later, nobody has trouble accepting a black president for the U.S.A.

1 comment:

Anton Asikainen said...

Hi. An account of the lesson Van Peebles gave at the University of Tampere can be found at