Works as a very basic introductory text but for me I wish it'd been more of a vérité thing. Best moments were visual &/or sonic... sounds, clothes, people moving, singing, chanting, interacting. Also liked bits of interview w/ folks who weren't identified as BPP leadership. Stuff that speaks to the ambient daily reality of BPP in Oakland. This + The Murder of Fred Hampton would be a great double feature.
A fascinating snapshot of a moment in Panther and African-American history. It can't really be called a documentary though, and is more of a pro-Panther primer or propaganda film. The emphasis on style, imagery, and rhetoric is powerful, but the price is a lack of depth. Ultimately, this short says more about the era, and how Europeans viewed America (i.e. romantically). than about the Black Panthers themselves.
A racial equality movement far more nuanced than Fox News would have you believe. Varda, the documentarian extraordinaire, has an empirical objectivity, giving an account of the movement, detached from the subject in order to allow self-presentation. Whilst Morris and Moore find subjectivity inescapable, like Herzog, Varda's clinical approach is far more appropriate, allowing the account to gain historicity.
Dans ce bref documentaire, Varda suit le combat des Black Panthers d'Oakland pour la libération de l'un des leurs. Le propos de la réalisatrice, en faveur du mouvement, se veut pédagogique et engagé : les BP sont filmés dans toute leur générosité aussi bien que dans leur radicalisme désespéré.