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The Black Panthers : vanguard of the revolution

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  • "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, Elaine Brown, Emory Douglas, Jamal Joseph, and many others, it's an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America"--Container.


  • Originally produced in 2015 for broadcast as an episode of the television program Independent Lens in 2016.
  • Widescreen.
  • DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen; stereo.
  • English dialogue; optional English SDH subtitles; closed-captioned.


  • Start of the party -- Packing the capital -- Free Huey -- Panther pads -- Stop the pigs! -- Fugitive from justice -- Madness in the courts -- Chicago raid -- Split in the party -- Bobby Seale for mayor
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