Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed Image

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  • Summary: This is the first historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. (REALside Productions)
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  1. Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-"handled" terms is worth the price of admission in itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    Her skills and personality were more polished than most contemporary leaders, and if she were running for office today, unshackled by societal prejudice that existed in her era, she would be a force to be reckoned with.
  3. Reviewed by: Ned Martel
    Ultimately, the adored candidate looks as if she were really running for posterity, not for the presidency - a noble, lesser accomplishment.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Compelling documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Skillfully reinforces Chisholm as a refreshingly quixotic populist, running on fervor and indignation.
  6. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.
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  1. IboC.
    Sep 22, 2004
    An excellent documentary about a fearless lady and her bold campaign for the nation's top political office. Rather than wait for the "right time," Chisholm stepped into the presidential race in 1972 as not only the first black person, but also the first female Democrat to mount a serious presidential campaign. She also did it on her own terms. Expand

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