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

Full Review… | October 1, 2015
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2015
San Jose Mercury News
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Nelson understands the play of outsized personalities and unexpected events, and he's helped that enough time has passed for former Panthers to feel comfortable telling their stories, especially to someone of Nelson's stature in the documentary world.

Full Review… | September 24, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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[A] straightforward, liberal-minded history of the Black Panther Party.

Full Review… | September 24, 2015
Chicago Reader
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If "The Black Panthers" has been designed to leave viewers outraged and energized in equal measure, it succeeds with admirable style. It counts both as essential history and a primer in making sense of how we live now.

Full Review… | September 17, 2015
Washington Post
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A brisk, balanced mix of interviews, archival footage, and photos backed by a pointed soundtrack ...

Full Review… | September 10, 2015
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution

Having lived through the history, the movie, while well made, seemed somewhat superficial and facile.

Samantha Klein
Samantha Klein

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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2/19/16 PBS Independent Lens Those who think the racial turmoil today is occurring in a vacuum need only check this well done documentary to see that events in the 60's and 70's were much more violent, disruptive and vocal. News footage and in depth interviews tell the story well.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

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