Black Panthers – Huey
Dir: Agnes Varda
Short film-doc in B&W: 30 minutes
The Black Panthers were formed by Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale in California in 1966 and they played an important part in the civil rights movement. To them, the non-violent campaign of Martin Luther King had failed and they believed in a more radical and violent language for a "revolutionary war".
Despite being African-American, they also spoke for any minority group and the oppressed ones. They stood for equality in education, housing, employment and civil rights.
Agnes Varda short film on the Black Panthers is a riveting portrait in their early years, campaigning for the release of their leader Huey P. Newton.
The film takes you on a journey of the Free Huey rally held on 17 February 1968 (Newton’s birthday), at Oakland Auditorium in Alameda, California.
Newton had been jailed for allegedly killing a police officer. Over 5,000 people attended the rally.
Agnès Varda was born in Brussels, Belgium. Her movies, photographs and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues and social commentary — with a distinct experimental style.
This free screening is @ Brixton Community Kitchen, Southwyck House Community Centre, Moorlands Road, SW9 8TT @ 7pm
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