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Feb. 11 | The Black Panthers - Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Screening

Courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch
Women drilling with Panther flags.

FREE – Thursday, February 11 , at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation on the powerful story behind the Black Panther Party.

UPDATE: SEAT RESERVATIONS ARE FULL for this event. Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR and Project 60/50 at Michigan State, is excited to offer an advance screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a film by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. The film tells the story of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, which sought to transform a system of racial oppression.

The evening begins with a screening of an excerpt from the film and continues with conversation as guests comment on the film from both historical and personal perspectives, as well as the local issues related to the film.

The panelists are Aida Cuadrado, director of Action of Greater Lansing; PeroDagbovie, associate dean and graduate school professor in the Dept. of History at MSU; and Kelsi Horn, vice president of Black Student Alliance at MSU.

Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. | UPDATE: SEAT RESERVATIONS ARE FULL for this event. Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby.

More About 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
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. 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, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, alongside a soul-power soundtrack of the music so integral to the Party's identity, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

On the Air

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution airs on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) on WKAR and PBS.

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