The Black Panthers:
Vanguard of the Revolution

August 3, 2015 - The Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs

 Discussion with director Stanley Nelson and film subject Professor Kathleen Cleaver, introduced by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Dir. Stanley Nelson | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2015 | 113 min.

American culture was transforming itself at an unprecedented rate during the 1960s, and many embraced the possibility of imminent civil uprising. With a fierce commitment to systemic change, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense became a beacon for necessary social rebellion. Director Stanley Nelson, whose film Freedom Summer was a highlight of last year’s MVFF Summer Film Series, seamlessly weaves accounts from police, journalists, detractors, Party members, and FBI informants and former agents, for a beautifully rich perspective on the Black Panthers’ vast influence.


Thank you to the screening sponsors