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Beyond the Films

January 28, 2020

From Race Riots to Rainbow Coalitions and Heatwaves: Chicago Activism on Racial and Economic Justice

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

It would be foolhardy to try to succinctly sum up the political history of one of America's most historically politically complicated cities--Chicago--in one sweeping post. Rather, consider this a basic…...

Activist Jose
Interviews

January 22, 2020

Finding Common Ground: The Story of an Unlikely Chicago Alliance

Craig Phillips in Interviews

It takes an incredible amount of tenacity and belief in a project to stick with it for 14 years, but that's just how long it took for Ray Santisteban to…...

Black Lives Matter protest against St. Paul police brutality.
Test Your Knowledge

February 12, 2016

Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter Quiz

Independent Lens in Test Your Knowledge

It was 50 years ago that the Black Panther Party, originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was formed in Oakland, California by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. The Black Panther…...

Black Panthers exiting building armed with rifles.
Interviews

February 11, 2016

Stanley Nelson Reveals the Real Black Panther Party

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who won an Emmy for the PBS documentary The Murder of Emmett Till, three Emmys for Freedom Riders, and made an acclaimed film about Marcus Garvey, has for years…...

Crowd of protestors cheer.
Lists

February 09, 2016

The Black Panthers Pandora Mixtape

Craig Phillips in Lists

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution aired on Independent Lens and you can plug in, turn on, and get down with our curated Pandora Mixtape. The set joins the politically…...

Behind the Films

February 06, 2012

Contextualizing the Black Power Movement for a New Generation

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Göran Olssen is something of an accidental anthropologist. When he unearthed reels of footage from Swedish television crews in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, he stumbled on…...