Film Series : UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

The Murder of Fred Hampton

1971, Howard Alk, USA, 88 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Oct 21st 3:30pm
  • Wed, Oct 25th 7:45pm

"It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is such a film." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A compelling mixture of impassioned activism and lucid investigative reporting, this still-relevant documentary began as a portrait of Fred Hampton, the charismatic leader of the then-thriving Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. The first half of the film depicts the Panthers' incendiary rhetoric and altruistic community programs, but the agenda changes when Hampton is killed in a police raid. While local media are parroting dubious official claims of self-defense, director Alk and his crew rush to the still blood-soaked crime scene, recording crucial evidence that points to a cold-blooded assassination. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation and The Packard Humanities Institute. Courtesy of Carol Gray, William Cottle and Chicago Film Archives. 35mm.

Preceded by THE JUNGLE (1967, Charlie “Brown” Davis, Jimmy “Country” Robinson, and David “Bat” Williams, USA, 22 min.), a depiction of Northern Philadelphia street life made by inner-city high-school students. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation. 35mm. (MR)

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