The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Firelight is proud to announce the completion of the first documentary in our America Revisited series– THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION. In the 1960’s, ready or not, change was coming to America. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and those seeking to drastically transform the system believed radical change was not only feasible, but imminent. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Whether they were right or wrong, whether they were good or bad, fact is, more than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, the group, and its leadership, remain powerful and enduring figures in our popular imagination.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is a feature documentary that includes eyewitness accounts from the first members who joined the organization, rank and file members in cities like Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles and New York, as well as the voices of lawyers, journalists, scholars, police officers, and former FBI agents.

The film will have a festival and theatrical run, as well as a national PBS broadcast in 2015.

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