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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

  • Documentary and factual
  • History
  • 2015
  • Stanley Nelson
  • 114 mins
  • 15

Summary

Documentary about the rise of the Black Panther movement, from its early days in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s to its "radical chic" heyday and its enduring legacy.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The problems that created the Black Panthers still haunt America and so director Stanley Nelson's grippingly detailed documentary couldn't be more timely. A grassroots organisation formed to bring better education and nutrition into the African-American community, the Panthers became famous for tackling racial abuse via rallies, protests and even patrolling the police themselves. But few will know of the party's ten-step programme of community improvements that included free breakfast for children and medical clinics. Nelson spent seven years compiling unseen footage with over 50 original interviews into a compelling piece of film history. In a film that's both educational and entertaining, the rise and fall of the most alluring and controversial black organisation of late-1960s America comes to life via facts, vivid images and unique statements.

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Credits

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DirectorStanley Nelson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Dogwoof
Released on
2015-10-23
Languages
English
Guidance
swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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