Recalling a watershed event in U.S. politics, this award-winning documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land. Shunned by the political establishment and the media, this longtime champion of marginalized Americans asked for support from people of color, women, the gay community and young people newly empowered to vote at the age of 18. Chisholm's bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, even racist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive.
"Chisholm '72" was directed by Shola Lynch and was an official selection of the Sundance International Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival. (2004, not rated, 77 minutes)
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