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

SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG – New 4K restoration!
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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