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In The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Nelson (Freedom Rider and Freedom Summer, both of which screened at DOXA) puts his masterful research skills to work to closely examine the politics and history of the revolutionary organization known as The Black Panther Party. In the wake of the Civil RightsMovement police brutality continued unabated, and the Panthers were determined to fight back. Stunning footage of demonstrations and back room meetings are brought to life by candid interviews with the folks who were on the frontlines. Party leaders including Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale and Huey Newton are given due coverage, but even more fascinating are the lesser-known programs that the Panthers initiated, such as the “survival” food program. Fearless not only in challenging white supremacy, but also in attacking capitalism and demanding better housing and education, the Panthers actively advocated for social change. Passive resistance was not on the table. As violence in the US reaches new levels and the racial divide continues to wreak havoc on the American psyche, this film could not be more necessary. -SC

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    115 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Stanley Nelson
  • Screenwriter
    Stanley Nelson
  • Producer
    Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant
  • Cinematographer
    Antonio Rossi, Rick Butler, Allen Moore, Cliff Charles
  • Editor
    Aljernon Tunsil
  • Composer
    Tom Phillips