Black Panther Film Festival

220px-Bpp_logoRevolution In Our Lifetime:
A Black Panther Party Film Series for 2009
July 13th-18th

The Maysles Cinema is proud to announce the launch of “Revolution In Our Lifetime: A Black Panther Party Film Series for 2009,” all this week. This festival is in honor of Emory Douglas. Douglas worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. His graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther (which had a peak circulation of 139,000 per week in 1970) and has become an iconic representation of the struggles of the Party during the 1960s and 70s. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Douglas “branded the militant-chic Panther image decades before the concept became commonplace. He used the newspaper’s popularity to incite the disenfranchised to action, portraying the poor with genuine empathy, not as victims but as outraged, unapologetic and ready for a fight.”

– The Maysles Cinema: The Best Spot for Film Geeks
“For a $7 suggested donation per screening, you can catch rarely seen documentaries, often followed by discussions and/or appearances by the filmmakers.What it lacks in stadium seating and surround sound, it makes up in sheer character and inventive programming.”
– New York Magazine (2009 Best of New York)

See the schedule after the jump

Black Panther Film Series Schedule

Monday, July 13th-Saturday, July 18th

Revolution In Our Lifetime: A Black Panther Party Film Series for 2009
Guest of Honor: Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture, The Black Panther Party

Monday, July 13th, 6:30pm
F.R.E.E. presents:
Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop
Dir. Peter Spirer, (2005) 86 min.
Proof COINTELPRO tactics are alive and well, this film is on NYPD’s “rap unit,” a secret group within the police force that keeps a “rap binder” and targets some of the genre’s biggest superstars, including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, the Game, Nas, Ja-Rule, and Lil’ Kim.

Followed by discussion with Kym Clarke (Director of F.R.E.E) &
King Downing (ACLU, Campaign against Racial Profiling).

Tuesday, July 14th, 7:00pm
Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation Movement
Dir. Andres Alegría, Claude Marks & The Freedom Archives (2005) 28 min.
This film tells the grave story of 8 Panthers who are being re-tried for a crime alleged to have occurred over 30 years ago based on testimony illicited through torture at the hands of the New Orleans PD.

7:30pm Attorney Soffiyah Elijah & defendant Francisco Torres will provide updates on their case.

Thursday, July 16th, 7:00pm
Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers
Peralta TV (2009) 60 min.
The story of the start of Black Studies programs and the BPP at Merritt College. While focusing on West Oakland in the late sixties, the film addresses the broad roots of the movement and the impact the party had on social justice throughout the world.

Slide Show with Emory Douglas,
Minister of Culture
Emory Douglas’s graphics presented the vision of the Panther Party to the world with force and soul. Emory will show and discuss his work along with a deep Panther knowledge bearer, Billy X.

Friday, July 17th, 7:00pm
Self Respect, Self Defense and Self Determination: Mabel Williams in conversation with Kathleen Cleaver
(2006) 72 min.
In this historic conversation, two inspiring women of the 60s Black liberation struggle share their personal experiences and how their history relates to the struggle today. Moderated by Rachel Herzing of Critical Resistance and introduced by Angela Davis.

Rank and File Sister
Dir. Ethel Paris, 18 min.
This intimate conversation between 5 Panther women offers a glimpse of day to day sacrifices and contributions rank and file women made to realize the Black Panther Party’s program.

8:30pm Panel: TBA

Saturday, July 18th, 7:30pm
Tupac: Resurrection
Dir. Lauren Lazin (2003) 112 min.
This film literally resurrects the life story of Tupac Shakur through his own voice and archival materials. As Tupac describes his life growing up as the son of a Panther, Afeni Shakur, it becomes clear how the political work of the 60’s is carried on in new and unexpected ways.

9:30 Discussion with Dream Hampton (writer, filmmaker) and King Downing