This film returns to the Film Center December 4 - 10, 2015. See showtimes here.

Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

2015, Stanley Nelson, USA, 116 min.

The September 28 showing is part of Neighborhood Night.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 25th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 26th 12:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 26th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 27th 12:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 27th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 27th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 28th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 29th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 30th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 1st 8:15pm
This film will return for an exclusive run starting December 4.

"Dense, comprehensive, yet brisk and vital... It’s superb filmmaking with a sure sense of its subject." – Ray Pride, Newcity

“Nelson enthusiastically conjures a sense of what it felt like to be a Panther and to be a young black person inspired by them” — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“We had a swagger,” recalls a former member of the most confrontational and controversial political organization of its era. Founded in Oakland in 1966 in response to police harassment, the Panthers openly carried weapons, dressed sharply in black berets and leather jackets, implemented important social initiatives such as the Free Breakfast for School Children program, and boasted a majority of women members. Using rare footage unadulterated by the mainstream media and candid interviews culled from all sides of the struggle, celebrated documentarian Nelson (JONESTOWN, FREEDOM SUMMER) makes the first film to cover the Panthers’ whole story, from their heady beginnings to their downfall from internal dissension and FBI subversion. DCP digital. (MR)

SEPTEMBER 27 at 5 PM: Director Stanley Nelson will be present for audience discussion, moderated by Leah Gipson of A Long Walk Home.

SEPTEMBER 27 at 8 PM: Kristy Johnson of ImageNation will introduce the film.

SEPTEMBER 28: Lindsey Miller, staff attorney of ACLU of Illinois; Reginald Edmund, managing curating producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project; Damon Williams, co-director of Let Us Breathe as well as Black Youth Project; and John Ross, Emmy-nominated documentarian and director Mound Bayou: Jewel of Delta will discuss the Monday screening.

OCTOBER 1: Former Black Panther David Lemieux will be present for audience discussion at the Thursday screening.

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