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Racial Paranoia and Revenge

8/29/2018, 10:30 a.m.
The Northwest Film Center presents a late night showing of the classic film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” by black director ...
Simon Chuckster stars in the 1971 classic “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.”

The Northwest Film Center presents a late night showing of the classic film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” by black director Melvin Van Peeples as part of its late-night genre film series “Genrified! Cult and other Curiosities.

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from the man with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels in this 1971 proto-blaxploitation classic.

A New York Times reviewer described the movie as a nightmare of racial paranoia and revenge, evoking a world of infinite seaminess, injustice and cruelty.

‘Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song” screens at the Portland Art Museum, downtown, on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 p.m. For muture audiences. Admission is $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit nwfilm.org.