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 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 dozens of others, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America. Via itvs.org
Our generation is a great admirer of freedom of speech and standing up for a cause. This film isn’t about this generation. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution delves deep into an American organization that didn’t have the luxury to admire from afar but were roused to act in the face of injustice. Like many other socio-political movements before, resilience and strength proved to be the key to achieve a change for the better during a dark time in America’s history. This film is the first of its kind to take a closer look of what was a new revolutionary culture set to transform a system of injustice. A true gem indeed; be sure to check out the premiere of this film set for February 16, 2016 9pm-11pm EST on PBS.