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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

  • Director: Stanley Nelson
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 113 min.

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century’s most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world’s attention for nearly 50 years.

"What is clear 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."
- A.O. Scott, NY Times
"It’s clear that the Panther legacy lives on, and Nelson’s film is a necessary primer for understanding the party — in it’s own words."
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"What we see in Stanley Nelson’s urgent and necessary documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the story of an organization that meant many different things to many different people, and that changed so dramatically during five years or so in the national spotlight that it could almost be described as reshaping itself month by month and putting forward a distinctive face at almost every moment."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"It's a strong reminder of the times, then and now."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Strikes an intelligent balance between funk-scored pride and a more universal story of activism threatened by in-fighting and accidental celebrity."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York