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DIRECTED BY: Stanley Nelson



Post-film Q&A with director Stanley Nelson, moderated by Harriette Cole

Please join us for a pre-film reception at 6:30 p.m.


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.


Stanley Nelson Stanley Nelson has been acknowledged as one of the preeminent documentary filmmakers of our time. He has directed and produced over twelve documentary features, including: THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, FREEDOM SUMMER, FREEDOM RIDERS, JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLE’S TEMPLE and THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL. Nelson’s latest film, TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. Nelson has won every major award in broadcasting. In 2016, he was honored with a Lifetime Peabody Award, a Lifetime Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. He is a 2014 National Humanities Medalist, multiple Emmy Award winner, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He holds a BFA from City College of New York, and Honorary Doctorates from Duke University and Haverford College. He has taught documentary film production at Howard University, Brooklyn College, and the University of California, Berkeley and guest lectured at universities and film schools around the world. Nelson is also co-founder of Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories.


Harriette Cole Harriette Cole is the founder of DREAMLEAPERS, a multi-pronged educational platform designed to help people access and activate their dreams. She hosts a weekly radio show on WBAI, entitled DREAMLEAPERS® with Harriette Cole on which she interviews individuals who have successfully manifested their dreams about their journey. Cole is a life stylist, nationally syndicated advice columnist, best-selling author, media trainer and executive presence coach. Clients include BET Networks, Universal Records, Warner Music, Sony Music, ZenithOptimedia, Moxie, Digitas, Cornell University, Thurgood Marshall Academy, National Urban League, and more. She also is the author of seven books about how to live an honorable life, including Jumping the Broom: The African American Wedding Planner.


"EXCELLENT. What is clear from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence - radical then, radical still - that black lives matter."
– The New York Times

"Bravely dives into a complex subject that elicits conflicting feelings nearly half a century later — and the result is a nuanced and informative portrait that provides a strong connection with current times."
– San Francisco Chronicle




RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes






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