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All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond

Lee Lew Lee / United States / 1998 / 115 ' / English

Credits

Ruby Yang & Karen Segal
Lee Lew Lee
Lee Lew Lee
Lee Lew Lee, Kristin Bell & Nico Panigutti

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Awards & Festivals

Best Producer, Historical, Nat'l Black Prog. Consortium, 1998
Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, 1998
Paul Robeson Award, Newark Black Film Festival, 1997

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The historical context for the establishment of the '60s Civil Rights Movement.

Synopsis

Beginning with a montage of 400 years of racial injustice in America, this powerful documentary provides the historical context for the establishment of the '60s Civil Rights Movement. Rare clips of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and other activists transport viewers back to those tumultuous times. Organized by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther Party embodied every major element of the Civil Rights Movement which preceded it and inspired the black, brown, yellow, Native American, and women's power movements that followed.

The party struck fear in the hearts of the "establishment," which viewed it as a terrorist group. Interviews with former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, CIA officer Philip Agee, and FBI agents Wes Swearingen and Bill Turner detail a shocking "secret domestic war" of assassination, imprisonment, and torture as means of repression. Despite the film's praises for the Panthers' early courage and moral idealism, it doesn't shy away from the difficult, exposing their ultimate collapse due to megalomania, corruption, drugs, and narcissism.

Broadcast in 19 countries abroad and winner of 9 awards, the film is an important look at the turmoils of the '60s and its leading players.

 

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