5th Annual Art of Transformation Series: Screening of "The Black Panthers"
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5th Annual Art of Transformation Series: Screening of "The Black Panthers"

5th Annual Art of Transformation Series: Screening of "The Black Panthers"

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675 Ali Baba Avenue

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015 | 1 hour, 55 minutes)

Directed by Stanley Nelson

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

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. Master documentarian Stanley 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 many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

***This is also you last chance to see the "SAY IT LOUD" exhibition (details below) at The ARC! Don't miss out!

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The 5th Annual Art of Transformation Series (AOT), which includes an exhibition and related programming presented by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, is a celebration of Opa-locka’s revitalization through the arts. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the AOT is themed “SAY IT LOUD!” and will feature an exhibition of work by prominent contemporary artists Michael Paul Britto, Myra Greene, Joshua R. McFadden, Mario Pfeifer and Roberto Visani, and films by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley and Stanley Nelson.

“SAY IT LOUD!” is inspired by the James Brown song of the same name that addresses racial discrimination and calls for black empowerment. The call in this context is a rallying cry for all to mobilize against injustice and discrimination, as well as embrace black culture pride in the United States and African Diaspora. The artists explore a range of experiences that not only address the re-imagination and representation of blackness, but also examine the fear, trauma, and grief transpiring in black communities.

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For Sponsorship & Partnership Inquiries, contact: Aileen Alon, OLCDC Director of Arts & Creative Industry - aileen@olcdc.org or 305-687-3545 x224.

For Media Inquiries, contact: Suzan McDowell, Circle of One Marketing - suzan@circleofonemarketing.com or (305) 576-3790.

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