The Black Panther Party was formed in Oakland in 1966 to monitor and challenge police brutality against black people.
With the recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers amidst continued brutality against the black community, Stanley Nelson’s 2015 documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is recommended viewing for anyone looking to understand the organisation’s complex history and its relationship with black culture.
“It is essential to me as a filmmaker to try and give the viewer a sense of what it has meant to be black in America and consider this within our contemporary context,” Nelson says. “The legacy of the Black Panther Party had a lasting impact on the way black people think and see ourselves, and it is important that we look at and understand that. As a great lover of music, I wanted to capture this sentiment in the music we used to give audiences a sense of the time and the undercurrents of change and revolution.”
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is available to stream on Amazon Prime, and buy or rent digitally from Amazon or iTunes.
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