Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


Saturday Feb 13 01:00 PM
Friday Feb 19 07:30 PM
Friday Feb 26 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2016

Special thanks to community partners African-American Lawyers Association, Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking, and Independent Lens

Directed by Stanley Nelson. USA. 2015. 115 min.

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.

Introducing the last screening of the film (Feb 26, 1pm) will be Honolulu African American Film Festival committee member Daphne Barbee-Wooten and her husband André Wooten. Daphne and André are both established attorneys with a shared history of practices in civil rights cases. They run a video series on on public access television that focuses on African and African-American history.

Free community screening: 
Feb. 2 at 6pm • Hawaii Filmmakers Collective

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution also screens as part of ITVS’ Indie Lens Pop-Up presented by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking and Hawaii People’s Fund. See here for Feb. 2 screening at Hawaii Filmmakers Collective.

See the trailer.

Read the New York Times review.

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