Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 116 minutes

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Oakland, 1966: with almost a third of the overall population being African-American and only 16 black police officers, the city was a breeding ground for rampant racism. No one knew this oppressive regime better than Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, and they took action by founding the Black Panther Party. Inaugurating the onyx-colored cat as their official symbol, the Panthers took their name from the mammal’s predatory instincts: a panther only strikes when provoked. The media spun a different narrative of the party, ignoring the Free Breakfast for Children program, the free health clinics, and dozens of other social programs. They only had one image of the panthers: militant men with guns. This is legendary documentarian Stanley Nelson’s authentic image of the Panthers: a community focused on grassroots organizing and the preservation and cultivation of the black experience. With all eyes on the United States as it reels from current acts of police brutality, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential primer for giving the power back to the people. – C.P.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:15 PM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:35 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Sidebar
African Diaspora

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson, born in 1951 in NYC, is a graduate of the City College of New York. A prolific documentary producer for PBS, he has received fellowships from AFI, New York Foundation for the Arts, Columbia University, and many others. A true pioneer in African-American cinema, he is the founder and executive director of Firelight Media in New York.

Filmography
"The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords" (1999), "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" (2006), "Wounded Knee" (2009), "Freedom Riders" (2010), "Freedom Summer" (2014), THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION (2015)

Producer
Laurens Grant

Screenwriting
Stanley Nelson

Cinematography
Antonio Rossi, Rick Butler

Editing
Aljernon Tunsil

Film Contact

Media Partner

Call & Post

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