Friday, 4 February 2011

African Odysseys - DOUBLE BILLING: Death of a Revolutionary @ BFI Southbank this Saturday ...

5Feb 14:00 NFT3 Click on the link to book!

The Murder of Fred Hampton

The Chicago-based Film Group – whose leading figures would later go on to create such films such as The China Syndrome and Renaldo and Clara – were responsible for this chilling slice of US history. Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and this film features his activities in organising the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programmes he founded for children during the last 18 months of his life before he was brutally murdered by the Chicago police.
Director Howard Alk
Country USA
Year 1971
Running time 88min

Death of A Revolutionary

Evocation of the life and ideas of Soledad Brother George Jackson after his assassination in San Quentin Prison. Produced with the Black Panther Party and featuring Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Director Fontaine gained privileged access to work with an organisation that had become highly secretive in the face of intense opposition from the US establishment. Supported by Granada TV, it's highly unlikely that such a programme would be possible in today's programme commissioning structure.

We hope that Dick Fontaine will join a discussion after the film. Tickets £5 (Non-Members should call the Box Office on 020 7928 3232 (11:30-20:30 daily) to book tickets at this special price).
Director Dick Fontaine
Year 1972

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