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PBS Airs First Feature-Length Documentary on the Black Panthers

February 2016

PBS joined the national conversation surrounding the Black Panther Party February 16 with The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – the first feature-length documentary on the Black Panthers. The week before the premiere, superstar Beyoncé paid tribute to the Panthers in her Super Bowl halftime performance, sparking discussion around the influential black movement organization.

In the revolutionary film, director Stanley Nelson shines light on the Black Panthers like never before. The Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker blends rare footage with accounts from several parties, including organization members, police, FBI informants, journalists, supporters and opponents. Viewers can stream the film here.

Watch the The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Trailer

 

Viewers will learn about the political movement from various perspectives, witnessing the Black Panther Party’s undeniable impact on American history and culture. 

The first feature-length documentary on the Black Panthers earned numerous accolades, including the the National Board of Review’s award for “Top Five Documentaries”, RiverRun International Film Festival’s “Audience Choice Awards”, and “Outstanding Documentary” from the NAACP Image Awards.

First Feature-Length Documentary on the Black Panthers

Charles Bursey hands plate of food to a child seated at the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast Program

First Feature-Length Documentary on the Black Panthers

Women drilling with Panther flags

Press on the First Feature-Length Documentary on the Black Panthers

 

EXCELLENT. What is clear from from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence – radical then, radical still – that black lives matter.

-The New York Times

…the film is filled with electrifying moments: armed Panthers squaring off against grim police officers; jaw-dropping revelations about the FBI’s successful campaign to infiltrate the Panthers; aging Panthers recounting the battles they fought and friends they lost.

-CNN

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” asks audiences to do something entirely different, and to consider that the party could have been many things to many people simultaneously: the source of vital “survival programs”; a militant organization intent on waging war with the cops; and the object of extraordinary government persecution. 

-The Washington Post

The first feature-length documentary on the Black Panthers aired on PBS’s Independent Lenstelevision’s largest showcase of independent documentary film. Independent Lens has received 10 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, two Primetime Emmys, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards and five Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards. 

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Photos courtesy of Pirkle Jones and RuthMarion Baruch