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The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution offers a fascinating -- if somewhat rudimentary -- introduction to a movement, and an era, that remains soberingly relevant today.

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Here, we trace 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.

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Combining archive footage and present-day interviews, and using music to drive the story, Nelson tells a complicated and often violent story in lithe, inventive fashion.

October 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Conventional as a documentary, but speaks about much more than the just the subject at hand.

October 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It might have benefited from a more critical polemic (some of those Panther cats, I believe, weren't all good), but for an analysis of US racial dynamics as seen from the post #ICantBreathe era, it makes for sobering viewing.

October 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Why are the Black Panthers not a force today? Has radicalism collapsed? An engrossing return to a forgotten past.

October 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" arrives on PBS stations early next year. I suggest not waiting.

October 1, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The documentary connects the past and the present so forcefully that we see our own reflection in the struggle to bring power to the people.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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Nelson's historical account of the Panthers is really well put together. I had actually always wondered about the demise of the main Panther movement and a lot of questions were answered in this film. Well done.

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