Chisholm ’72

CHISHOLM ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2005) is the definitive historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1972. Following Chisholm from the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida in July, the story is like her- fabulous, fierce, and fundamentally right on.

Chisholm’s fight is for inclusion, as she writes in her book The Good Fight (1973), and encompasses all Americans who agree that the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it. Shunned by the political establishment, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm asks people of color, feminists and young voters for their support to reshape our society and take control of our destiny as we go down the Chisholm Trail in 1972. To the surprise of many, voters responded.

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Peabody Awards 2006


Film Daily – 2017

“Ladies first: The fiercest documentaries about female revolutionaries”

Indiewire – October 24, 2017

“7 Great Documentaries About Remarkable Women.”

The New York Times –  September 24, 2004

“Film recaps, as Michael Moore has proved, are kinder to the strident, as is the case in this tribute. Ultimately, the adored candidate looks as if she were really running for posterity, not for the presidency, a noble, lesser accomplishment.”

Village Voice – September 21, 2004

“Skillfully reinforces Chisholm as a refreshingly quixotic populist, running on fervor and indignation.”

Variety – January 23, 2004

“Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.”

The Hollywood Reporter – April 17, 2004

“Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm’s moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.”

The Christian Science Monitor – November 18, 2004

“Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-‘handled’ terms is worth the price of admission in itself.”