This is Agnès Varda's film that resonates with me the least so far. Nonetheless, it still has that so unique to Varda warmth and empathy. At times, it feels so familiar, and at times so distant - The Black Panther movement so relevant and so outdated at the same time. It's a charming time capsule, a 28 minute long glimpse into 1968.
Good short portrait of the movement, with brushstrokes of political, media and community action, electoral program, chants and fashion, leaders and public, myth and current events, the difficult balance between peace and violence, and how it all, still, goes on. 60's car phone included.
Even after over 50 years, this crisp documentary of the Black Panther Party "Free Huey" Protests has not lost any of its riveting power in capturing the fury of the black rights movement. By practicing the utmost restraint in its narrative style, this piece of history remains frighteningly relevant in today's political and social climate.
I enjoyed this important piece of documentary. The editing and transitions, the candid interviews, the hues of resistance, the rare glimpses and insights into the political movement, and Varda's disposition to give these black revolutionaries a platform to voice their manifesto against the racist violence committed by the arms of the state are worth mention. It's a time capsule for our trying times today.
When film-making is used as a medium for storytelling, it allows an immense expanse of how the story is told. Through hand-held cameras, curiously inattentive zooms and pans while interviewing people, the edits to partially break the linearity of time briefly, Varda aptly captures her pursuit to know more about the Black Panther party and its movement. More so, its constituent people.
Fascinating historical document. At only 28 minutes, Varda introduces key members of Panther Party (Cleaver, Newton), the Ten-Point plan and the party's commitment to gender equality (leaders' darker behaviours notwithstanding). Protest against Newton's murder case seems to foreshadow similar poltical complexity surrounding the O.J. trial. Love, love, love Kathleeen Cleaver talking about the natural hair movement.
Un movimiento civil estadounidense, que es necesario conocer, queda bien documentado en muchos aspectos y asume una cara de la discriminación y la violencia del estado por la vía de las armas. De lo más valioso es la mirada acerca del control social por medio de la imagen física: reproducir los modelos de los caucásicos como alisarse el cabello...es una mirada fresca en el momento en el que ocurrió
You come to a Varda film excepting to hear her voice, here she (rightfully) steps aside. As one of the linked reviews notes her eagerness to understand is palpable, even in the narration I appreciated it taking their position (not filtering with "two-sides" propaganda). Otherwise, I didn't need persuading but loved the emphasis on the faces and places 3.5
Para mi gusto: Excelente documental, que en el momento de su creación, 1968, debe haber producido bastante revuelo. Es muy interesante ver desde adentro, cómo se organizó la comunidad "negra" y escuchar a referentes como Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, y al mismo Huey Newton. Valiosísimo material!
Less visually captivating compared to other Varda documentaries, this one displays, nonetheless, her exceptional command over a relatively closed milieu. Here the rally to free Huey Newton turns into a mini-kaleidoscopic view of black identity politics. Far from being glamorized Black Panthers are portrayed as resolute in how they challenge hegemonic white racial frames, ranging from labor rights to beauty standards.