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Black and Banned

Right On!

This doc featuring The Last Poets effectively disappeared for 30 years, but has now been restored.

Image from Right On!

USA 1970
Dir Herbert Danska
35mm (colour). Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

While not literally banned, Right On! effectively disappeared for 30 years and has now been restored. Described by its producer as ‘the first totally black film [making] no concession in language and symbolism to white audiences,’ it features The Last Poets, the founding fathers of hip hop, in all their non-PC fervour. Shot guerrilla-style, the film takes their poetry to the rooftops, fire escapes and back alleys of Harlem in a dazzling combination of cinema, ritual, street theatre and soul.


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