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88 Ratings

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Directed by Stanley Nelson
United States, 2015


Ready or not, change was coming to America. The fault lines were no longer ignorable—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, disputes raged over women’s rights, gay rights, and civil rights.

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Directed by Stanley Nelson
While all the detail, as elucidated through interviews with key surviving members, is generally interesting (formally, it’s very conventional), it’s the wider ramifications of their actions that supplies the film with added interest.
October 23, 2015
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Rigorous and thorough, pertinent and moving… The story is one of dazzlingly powerful and diverse personalities; and if many of those who held leadership positions are no longer with us, the many associates interviewed here display eloquence and insight in their recollections. Social detail, such as gender relations within the movement and the fact that great numbers of the rank and file were teenagers, is fascianting.
October 02, 2015
Although there have been more experimental works on the topic in recent years,1 Stanley Nelson Jr.’s Vanguard of the Revolution – the first of his three documentaries on African American history – offers the most comprehensive, lengthy and informative look at the organisation and the movement in the documentary mode.
September 22, 2015
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