Directed, produced, and written by Stanley Nelson, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution” is the first feature-length documentary to explore the significance of the Black Panther Party.
This documentary, featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozen of others, is essential history and a vibrant chronicle of a pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.
Master documentarian Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove 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.
“Stanley Nelson is one of our greatest chroniclers of American movements for justice and social change,” said Lois Vossen, “Independent Lens” executive producer. “From the ill-fated People’s Temple to the idealistic young volunteers of Freedom Summer, from the Native American uprising at Wounded Knee to the Black Panther movement, he brings these incendiary, game-changing movements to vivid life in a way that combines clear-eyed analysis with riveting, edge-of-your-seat storytelling.”
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” premieres on “Independent Lens” Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS.
Check out a few of the trailers below: