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Chisholm '72 - Unbought and Unbossed
A film by Shola Lynch
US, 2004, 77 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. WL10996
Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.

Following Chisholm from her own announcement of her candidacy through her historic speech in Miami at the Democratic National Convention, the story is a fight for inclusion. Shunned by the political establishment and the media, this longtime champion of marginalized Americans asked for support from people of color, women, gays, and young people newly empowered to vote at the age of 18. Chisholm's bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, even racist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive. Period footage and music, interviews with supporters, opponents, observers, and Chisholm's own commentary all illuminate her groundbreaking initiative, as well as political and social currents still very much alive today.



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Peabody Award

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • South By Southwest Film Festival
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Saratoga Springs Film Festival
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • Northern Lights Film Festival
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Black Harvest Film Festival
  • American Black Film Festival
  • Lake Placid Film Festival
  • Nantucket Film Festival
  • Women With Vision Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "Long before Hillary Clinton there was Shirley Chisholm. [This] gripping portrayal ought to be mandatory viewing for [understanding] the historic presidential race of 2008 or the American political scene in the age of Nixon."
    Robin D. G. Kelley
    Professor of History & American Studies, University of Southern California

    “An essential historical record of Chisholm’s campaign and its multidimensional significance to American culture and politics told in Chisholm’s voice…Crucial example of how necessary independent filmmaking is to civic engagement.”
    Terri Simone Francis
    Asst. Professor, Film Studies & African American Studies, Yale University

    “A refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today…an inspiring tale of someone who made a difference.”
    The Hollywood Reporter

    “****”
    The Christian Science Monitor

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