1971 / 97 min. / R
Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Cast: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Rhetta Hughes

Toronto premiere of the new 4K Restoration, courtesy of Xenon Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome and AGFA.
“Van Peebles’ celluloid classic shook up the world of cinema much as a brash young pugilist originally known as Cassius Clay had done in the boxing ring some years earlier. The film merged European modernism and the avant-garde with the urgent demands of black power, creating a cinematic document echoing sentiments articulated in the urban streets of 1970s America.” — Todd Boyd, The Root

BRAND-NEW 4K RESTORATION! Included in MoMA’s permanent collection and considered to be among the most significant features ever by an African-American filmmaker, SWEET SWEETBACK is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as one of the first blaxploitation films.

Featuring a rousing score from a nascent Earth, Wind, & Fire, as well as surrealist visuals from stalwart genre cinematographer Robert Maxwell (THE CANDY SNATCHERS), Van Peebles creates an unforgettable study of perseverance in the face of racism.

Content Warning: This film may contain scenes that are upsetting or triggering to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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