Best of DOXA screening: Sunday, May 24, 2015, 3:15pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver)
In The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders and Freedom Summer, both of which screened at DOXA) puts his masterful research skills to reveal the politics and history of the revolutionary organization known as The Black Panther Party. Stunning footage of demonstrations and back room meetings are brought to life by candid interviews with the folks who were on the front lines. Fearless not only in challenging white supremacy, but also in attacking capitalism, as well as demanding better housing and education, the Panthers actively advocated for social change. Passive resistance was not on the table. As levels of violence in the US reach new levels, and the racial divide continues to wreak havoc on the American psyche, this film could not be more necessary.