The Black Panthers : vanguard of the revolution

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Brown, Elaine, 1943- commentator.
Butler, Rick, director of photography.
Charles, Cliff, director of photography.
Cleaver, Kathleen, commentator.
Douglas, Emory, commentator.
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016].
Theatrical version.
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1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Redwood Campus
DVD E185.615 .B53 2016
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V 322.4209 BLACK
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[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016].
Theatrical version.


General Note
Originally produced in 2015 for broadcast as an episode of the television program Independent Lens in 2016.
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Creation/Production Credits
Editor, Aljernon Tunsil ; composer, Tom Phillips ; cinematography by Antonio Rossi, Rick Butler, Allen Moore, Cliff Charles ; animation and graphics, Gary Waller, Molly Schwartz.
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.
"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
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen; stereo.
English dialogue; optional English SDH subtitles; closed-captioned.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Brown, E., Butler, R., Charles, C., Cleaver, K., Douglas, E., Grant, L., Joseph, J., Moore, A., Nelson, S., Phillips, T., Rossi, A., & Tunsil, A. (2016). The Black Panthers: vanguard of the revolution (Theatrical version.). PBS Distribution.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Elaine Brown et al.. 2016. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. PBS Distribution.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Elaine Brown et al.. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution PBS Distribution, 2016.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Brown, Elaine, et al. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Theatrical version., PBS Distribution, 2016.

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