Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles 
(USA, 1971, Digital)

Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (1932–2021) walked away from a studio contract to make movies on his own terms, including this audacious action film that became a milestone in American independent cinema. As producer, director, writer, composer, editor, and star of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Van Peebles created a prototype that Hollywood turned into the blaxploitation franchise. The story follows Sweetback on the run after he’s framed for murder, and the memorable musical score features Earth, Wind & Fire.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Franci Neely; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; and L’Alliance Française de Houston.

Special thanks to community partners Houston Cinema Arts Society and Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
(USA, 1971, 97 minutes)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


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