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The Black Panthers : vanguard of the revolution / written, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson ; produced by Laurens Grant ; a co-production of Firelight Films, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) ; produced by Firelight Films, Inc.

Nelson, Stanley, 1955- (screenwriter,, film producer,, film director.). Grant, Laurens, (film producer.). Cleaver, Kathleen, (commentator.). Joseph, Jamal, (commentator.). Brown, Elaine, 1943- (commentator.). Douglas, Emory, (commentator.). Tunsil, Aljernon, (editor of moving image work.). Rossi, Antonio (Cinematographer), (director of photography.). Butler, Rick, (director of photography.). Moore, Allen, 1952- (director of photography.). Charles, Cliff, (director of photography.). Phillips, Tom, (composer (expression)). Firelight Films (Firm), (production company.). Independent Television Service, (production company.). PBS Distribution (Firm), (publisher.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 322.42 DVD (Text) 33062009126781 Adult DVD Non-Fiction Available -
Allentown Public Library DVD 322.42 BLAC (Text) 34455006172403 Adult DVD Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781627895453
  • ISBN: 1627895450
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Theatrical version.
  • Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced in 2015 for broadcast as an episode of the television program Independent Lens in 2016.
Formatted Contents Note:
Start of the party -- Packing the capital -- Free Huey -- Panther pads -- Stop the pigs! -- Fugitive from justice -- Madness in the courts -- Chicago raid -- Split in the party -- Bobby Seale for mayor.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Editor, Aljernon Tunsil ; composer, Tom Phillips ; cinematography by Antonio Rossi, Rick Butler, Allen Moore, Cliff Charles ; animation and graphics, Gary Waller, Molly Schwartz.
Participant or Performer Note:
Kathleen Cleaver, Elaine Brown, Emory Douglas, Ericka Huggins, Elbert “Big Man” Howard, Jamal Joseph, Clayborne Carson, Tarika Lewis, Rita Williams-Gracia, Sherwin Forte, Wayne Pharr, Ronald Freeman, Flores Forbes, Landon Williams, Mohammed Mubarek, Jeff Haas, Dennis Cunningham, Yohuru Williams, Jeffrey Ogbar, Mark Kurlansky, Donna Murch, Scot Brown, among others.
Summary, etc.:
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley 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. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Elaine Brown, Emory Douglas, Jamal Joseph, and many others, it’s an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America"--Container.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen; stereo.
Language Note:
English dialogue; optional English SDH subtitles; Closed-captioned.
Subject: Black Panther Party > History.
Black power > United States > History > 20th century.
Revolutionaries > United States > History > 20th century.
Civil rights movements > United States > History > 20th century.
Radicalism > United States > History > 20th century.
African Americans > Politics and government > 20th century.
African Americans > Civil rights > History > 20th century.
United States > Race relations > Political aspects > History > 20th century.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation > History > 20th century.
Genre: Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Feature films.
Political films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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