The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

2015 | USA | NR | 115 min.


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Section:The Documentary Branch
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Release Year:2015
Runtime:115 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Angela Arnold
Erica Ball
Rhon G. Flatts
Eric Lockley
Nola Nelson
Director:Stanley Nelson
Produced by:Laurens Grant
Stanley Nelson
Screenwriter:Stanley Nelson
Editing By:Aljernon Tunsil


Like a thunderbolt in the wake of current events and the Black Lives Matter movement comes this searing documentary that is one of the most important films of the past year. Often marginalized for their violent public image, the Black Panthers are given a more complex, fully realized voice here by veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who explores the group’s grassroots community efforts alongside the armed citizens patrols that gave them their gun-toting reputation. Juxtaposing archival footage, contemporary interviews with group members, and opposing insight from wary police officers, Nelson creates a 360-degree portrait of the Panthers. Set to a soundtrack of electric soul and funk, this film is a blistering look at the explosive rise and sudden fall of a movement that is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.