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  • Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement as urgent today as it was then.

    Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement as urgent today as it was then.

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  • Women drilling

    Women drilling

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  • Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defermery Park (named by the Panther Bobby Hutton Park) in West Oakland

    Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defermery Park (named by the Panther Bobby Hutton Park) in West Oakland

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  • Panthers March down the street

    Panthers March down the street

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  • Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park in Oakland, CA

    Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park in Oakland, CA

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  • Huey Newton at microphone

    Huey Newton at microphone

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  • A group of seven small children walk to school with books in hand

    A group of seven small children walk to school with books in hand

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  • Black Panther demonstration at Alameda County Court House in Oakland, CA

    Black Panther demonstration at Alameda County Court House in Oakland, CA

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  • Director Stanley Nelson

    Director Stanley Nelson

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The Film

Change was coming to America and the fault lines were no longer ignorable — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to showcase the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, chronicles this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

The Filmmaker

  1. Stanley NelsonProducer/Director