Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

This feature length documentary explores the Black Panther Party.

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. 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 that feels timely all over again. Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, an Indpendent Lens film airs Tuesday, Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. This documentary, directed by Stanley Nelson, highlights an iconic and unsettled period of change in American culture. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nate Brown, Jr. Mr. Brown is co-host of the radio talk show “What’s Going On With Brown and Allen on Fox Sports 1280 AM.  Educator, mentor, community activist, leader, consultant, counselor, project director and coordinator of numerous youth programs in the Rochester community.

During the 1960's, the America had reached a boiling point, leading to a slew of arising issues and resteless individuals. Between civil rights, the Vietnam War, and politics in question, citizens were ready for change at any cost. Through an ad hominem approach, the Black Panther Party was born and ready to transform the traditional American Dream.

Black Panthers follows the radical  lifestyles of the diverse group involved in the efforts of the Black Panther Party. Nelson's storytelling brings the viewer back in time, showcasing both the extreme feelings and tactics used and experienced by this pivotal generation.