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Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Directed by: Stanley Nelson
Runtime: 1hr 53min Year: 2015
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Directed by: Stanley Nelson
Runtime: 1hr 53min Year: 2015
Country: United States

An essential history of the Black Panther movement that paved the way for a new revolutionary culture in America. Stanley Nelson takes us through the groups turbulent life...

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 Defence 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.