Black Panther activist Eldridge Cleaver and his wife are interviewed by William Klein. Cleaver speaks from exile in Algeria, a move prompted by the state of California’s decision to view criminal indictment as a parole violation.
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Maybe the worst of endings for him: "After spending seven years in exile in Cuba, Algeria, and France, Cleaver returned to the US in 1975, where he became involved in various religious groups before finally becoming a Mormon, as well as becoming a conservative Republican, appearing at Republican events." (Wikipedia)
A very powerful film, which scratches the surface of the power struggle that has been going on world wide for ages. It tickles my sense of justice, because when is war or violence ever justified? Only in extreme cases of self preservation, in my view. Just imagine what injustices drove these people to fight back. Whether one agrees with the Panthers (or BLM for that matter) or not, the fight is far from over.
A compelling portrait of Cleaver then and the times. How ironic that he embraced what he fought against later in life. It's sad, even tragic to realise that the situation of so many Black Americans hasn't changed nearly enough from then till now.
If he was serious about revolution he'd shut the f' up, stop playing with his d**k, er, I mean switchblade, and join the BLA like Assata Shakur. Ever the posturing, egomaniacal, homophobic, patriarchal fool, Eldridge huffs and puffs like the big bad wolf. Within ten years of this documentary he would be a conservative republican, espousing all kinds of messianic nonsense. Worth it for the historical footage though.
On peut voir ce film comme une sorte de complément à "Festival panafricain d'Alger", dont il reprend d'ailleurs certaines images, Eldrige Cleaver ayant participé à l'événement. On y retrouve les thématiques de la post-colonisation, de la lutte des minorités noires et de la révolution anti-impérialisme, sous un angle évidemment radical. La question de la légitimité de la violence reste d'une terrible actualité...
"When you see that this is wrong, and you don't accept that, what're your supposed to do? I don't accept it. I don't have to accept it. And I have a right to do something about it. And not only do I have a right; I have a duty."