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Chisholm '72 - Unbought & Unbossed
Chisholm '72 - Unbought Unbossed
Actors: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy, Amiri Baraka
Director: Shola Lynch
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2005     1hr 16min

CHISHOLM ?72 Unbought & Unbossed is the first historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party?s presidential nominee in 1972. Following Chisholm from the an...  more »


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Actors: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy, Amiri Baraka
Director: Shola Lynch
Creators: Sandi Sissel, Shola Lynch, Samuel D. Pollard, Sikay Tang, Becca Bender, Phil Bertelsen, Ramon Hervey
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Biography, Politics, African American Cinema
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 16min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Paula G. from ODESSA, TX
Reviewed on 5/4/2010...
The documentary was well made, but I am glad she didn't win.

Movie Reviews

It was great!
Aubrey Ward III | Englewood,NJ | 02/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

Ok, I did not buy the DVD. Howver, I did see this film on an episode of POV which airs on the station PBS (Public Broadcasting Station). Regardless, the film was very well done. I love vintage footage so I was in heaven. This film has plenty of 1972 interviews, campaign commercials, demonstrations, they even play Shirley Chisholm's campaign song.

The documentary also did a great job of showing various points of view about the Chisholm campaign. It would have been real easy to manipulate the film so as to villanize those who didn't support Chisholm or did support and then turned later on it. The film is unbiased and honest. The participants interviewed made decisions like any human would. The viewer is given the opportunity to decide whether he thinks it was a good or bad choice.

My only criticism is that I wish I could've heard more about the other side of the campaign. How was Shirley Chisholm when the cameras weren't rolling or when the speech was over. There is a moment when Shirley is asked about an incident where she was almost stabbed in the back. She was naturally uncomfortable with that moment and she became a bit choked up. I wish there was more of that. It would have been good for people who want to follow in Chisholm's footsteps to see the personal struggles as well as the triumphs. But then the doc. is truly about her campaign. I'll just have to read her autobiography for the other details.

All in all, the doc. was very well done. It was educational, lively, exciting, and thought provoking. The real tragedy, though, isn't her defeat but that no one has picked up where she left off. The "dirty" politics that kept Shirley's campaign down are still well and alive today."
Get Fired Up
Tina Tang | San Francisco Bay Area, United States | 08/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary reawakens the political activist in us all! It's as educational as it is entertaining. Ms. Lynch reveals the American election process while unfolding the story and character of the vivacious Shirley Chisholm. I saw this film at the Sundance film festival and had to have it for my DVD collection. It'll fire you up and make you care again."
A true Ground-Breaker | usa | 02/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shirley Chisholm truly was a Ground Breaking Soul Sister who made a change. this Documentary shows all the Politics&everything that went down with her 1972 Campaign. there should be a Film&also more determined minds to follow in her shoes because Shirley Chisholm truly was ahead of her time. she was truly one of a Kind.she was like a Modern Day Harriet Tubman meets Dr Martin Luther King Jr all rolled into one. Barbara Jordan made a Impact in DC but we haven't had another Shirley Chisholm&we need that spark now more than ever."