The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
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.
Directed by Stanley Nelson
MPAA Rating - NR
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"CRITICS' PICK. Stanley Nelson's EXCELLENT new documentary...captures the drama of (The Black Panthers') rise and fall without sacrificing the nuances. ROUSING, RUEFUL, FUNNY and FRANK. Sober yet ELECTRIFYING."
"The film continues a discussion whose present-day relevance is painfully, increasingly obvious. Adding a bounty of excellent archival photographs and some good political soul on the soundtrack."
"A thorough and thought-provoking history of the celebrated group."
"MAGNIFICENT...Nelson and editor Aljernon Tunsil have a magician's touch for giving life to period music and archival images, as well as a scholar's resourcefulness in digging them up...A deeper and better-made film (than STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), and consequently more challenging."