The Sundance Institute sponsors ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’, the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, and its cultural and political awakenings. Also featured is rare footage that focuses on women and the struggle for feminism.
“I would say that the women who were drawn to the Black Panther Party were all feminists,” said Ericka Huggins, the widow of the slain Panther leader John Huggins and the first woman to open a Black Panther Party chapter, in New Haven, where she served as deputy chairwoman. She went on to clarify: “Not in the way that feminism is looked at today, in which you have to go step by step in order to claim yourself as a feminist. But we generally believed in the political, social, economic and sexual equality of women and girls.” via “The Panthers’ Revolutionary Feminism” in The New York Times
The story of the Black Panthers is often told in a scatter of repackaged parts, often depicting tragic, mythic accounts of violence and criminal activity. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure of archival film that focuses on 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.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, is a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America and the men and women who helped it take shape.
COMPANY Firelight Films