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Friday Night Films

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

6.11.2015
Kathleen Cleaver, Oakland, 1968.  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Blankfort.

Kathleen Cleaver, Oakland, 1968.  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Blankfort.

Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park in Oakland, CA, USA, 1969. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.

Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park in Oakland, CA, USA, 1969. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.

Women holding Panther flags. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.

Women holding Panther flags. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.

 Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defermery Park (named by the Panther Bobby Hutton Park) in West Oakland. Oakland, July 28, 1968. Photo courtesy of Stephen Shames.

 Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defermery Park (named by the Panther Bobby Hutton Park) in West Oakland. Oakland, July 28, 1968. Photo courtesy of Stephen Shames.

Kathleen Cleaver, Oakland, 1968.  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Blankfort.
Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park in Oakland, CA, USA, 1969. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.
Women holding Panther flags. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.
 Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defermery Park (named by the Panther Bobby Hutton Park) in West Oakland. Oakland, July 28, 1968. Photo courtesy of Stephen Shames.

Kathleen Cleaver, Oakland, 1968.  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Blankfort.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Dir. Stanley Nelson / Cert. 15 / 115mins

Friday 6 November 2015 / 7.30pm / £5 (concessions £3)

 

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Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored - cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

 

 

Genre: 

Documentary

 

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Reviews

 "Loaded with the militant images that grabbed worldwide media attention in the late '60s, Nelson's doc strikes an intelligent balance between funk-scored pride and a more universal story of activism threatened by in-fighting and accidental celebrity."

(Time Out)