Film explores Black Panther Party

Last modified: 2/10/2016 7:15:14 PM
A free showing of the film “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” will be screened at the Peterborough Community Theatre on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

At the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party by Bobby Seale and the late Huey P. Newton, a new film by Stanley Nelson explores the history of that movement, the social inequities it sought to address, and the response it provoked. The Black Panther Party was at the vanguard of a new revolutionary culture in the 1960s. Nelson’s film weaves rare footage with interviews to tell the story of a movement that feels timely all over again.

The screening and following discussion is being offered in partnership with the New Hampshire Public Television Indie Lens series.

The discussion sponsored by the Mariposa Museum and PCT will feature a Q&A with former Black Panther Omar Barbour. Barbour is currently president of the National Association for Alumni of the Black Panther Party which is working to complete the work of the Panthers’ original Ten Point Program and Platform.

”All Power to the People!” Change was coming to America, and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

This is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, the cultural and political awakening it represented, 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.

“ The Mariposa and PCT, with New Hampshire Public Television also is sponsoring Omar Barbour’s presence at two additional screenings of the film, one at Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m., and at Concord’s Red River Theatres, on Feb. 17 at 6:30 pm.

Seating at the Peterborough Community Theatre is limited and reservations for the screening are recommended by sending an email to


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