In the 1960s 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. In October 1966, in Oakland, California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense that 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.
To coincide with the events for Black History Month 2015, director Stanley Nelson Jr. and official photographer and original member of The Black Panther Party Mohammed Mubarak are coming to Curzon Soho for our #DocDays screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution plus panel discussion on Monday 19 October.
Ahead of our very special event, brush up with the Ten Point Programme that encapsulated the Black Panthers' revolutionary philosophy and inspired the demands of the Black Power movement at large during the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s (full text here):
Watch a trailer for the film below and book your tickets now to join the discussion at Curzon Soho.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard for the Revolution is relased in UK cinemas by Dogwoof on Friday 23 October.