Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin van Peebles, 1971, 97 min.). The ‘60s were marked by explosive rhythms and here’s a film with a volcanic editing style to match. Elements of the French New Wave transplanted in Black Power America, along with a surreal nostalgia and a gritty realism make for a rollicking one-man revolution in the now classic Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Think Salvador Dali meets Huey Newton and let director Melvin van Peebles provide the exclamation point—this revolution’s still raging! Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is an important link in black cinema, reaching back to Oscar Micheaux and forward to Spike Lee. Introduced by JRFF committee member and soul brother Robert Ellis.