A FILM SERIES ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Maryland Film Festival are
hosting a film series related to the Black Panther Party in conjunction
with the opening of the national traveling exhibition Black Panther Rank
and File at MICA. Black Panther Rank and File sheds new light on one of
the 20th century’s most controversial and influential movements with
historical artifacts, oral histories, and contemporary artworks,
complemented by a full slate of public programs. The exhibition runs
Thursday, November 8–Sunday, December 16 in Fox Building’s Decker and
Meyerhoff galleries at 1303 Mount Royal Avenue. For more information
about Black Panther Rank and File, visit www.mica.edu/blackpanther or
For more information about the film series, visit www.mdfilmfest.org or
OCTOBER FILM SERIES SCHEDULE
Tuesday, October 2 - THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON (1971) by Howard Alk and
Hosted by Masai Ehehosi, a New Jersey Black Panther Party and American
Friends Service Committee (AFSC) member and human rights activist
currently involved with the Free Mumia Coalition, NYC, and the Free Imam
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Rap Brown) Campaign.
This documentary focuses on Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois chapter
of the Black Panther Party, who was killed in 1969 by Chicago police
while sleeping in his apartment. The filmmakers were already shooting a
portrait of this charismatic speaker and community organizer when his
murder occurred. Arriving at the crime scene only a few hours after the
police raid, the unsettling footage they captured was later used to
contradict news reports and police testimony in what many believe to be
Tuesday, October 9 - A PANTHER IN AFRICA (2004) by Aaron Matthews
Hosted by Aaron Matthews, a veteran documentary filmmaker (“My American
Girls,” PBS and the Discovery Channel).
On October 30, 1969, Pete O’Neal, a young Black Panther in Kansas City,
Missouri, was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines, fled
the charge, and for over 30 years, has lived in Tanzania.
Tuesday, October 23 - PUBLIC ENEMY (1999) by Jens Meurer
Hosted by veteran filmmaker St. Clair Bourne, who began his career as a
producer on The Black Journal, the first black public affairs television
series in the United States. He is currently producing a four-hour
documentary about the Black Panther Party through his production company,
Chamba Mediaworks, Inc. His blog CHAMBA NOTES (www.chambanote.com)
promotes political and cultural issues in filmmaking.
The lives of four former Black Panther members are examined in this
French-German documentary co-production. Poet and teacher Jamal Joseph,
law professor/activist Kathleen Cleaver, musician Nile Rodgers, and Black
Panther co-founder Bobby Seale reminisce about their involvement with the
movement in the 1960s and reflect on how their lives have changed since
that era. The film affectionately follows these four survivors, who try
in vastly different ways to remain true to themselves, with their
memories furnishing the film’s raw material.
Tuesday, October 30 - ELDRIDGE CLEAVER, BLACK PANTHER (1970) by William
Hosted by Harold Weaver, film historian and educator and currently
non-resident fellow at the Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard
University, has taught and published on third-world films in Africa,
Europe, Asia, and the Americas. His current focus is using films to
enhance cross-cultural understanding and respect through The ChinaFilm
Project and The BlackFilm Project.
In this documentary feature, Black Panther activist Eldridge Cleaver and
his wife Kathleen Cleaver (who will be a participant in the Black Panther
Rank and File Symposium) are interviewed by William Klein. Cleaver speaks
from exile in Algeria, a move prompted by the state of California’s
decision to view criminal indictment as a parole violation. Klein filmed
Cleaver nonstop for three days and captured him as he discussed American
racism, policies of the Black Panther Party, attempts on his life, and
the Vietnam War.
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