The 8th Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival

Friday, September 30th, 7:00pm

Tupac Vs.

Ken Peters, 2004, 90 min.

The basis of this 2004 documentary about the life and death of Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) is a rarely-seen 1995 video interview conducted at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, shortly before the rapper's release and fateful decision to sign with Suge Knight's Death Row Records. Here, we find the young icon at relative ease, even jovial and reflective, as he discusses his growing sense of distance from the Thug Life persona he had cultivated as an artist, and his desire to move to a higher plane of personal and political consciousness. Tupac Vs. dwells in the mournful space between this hopeful moment and the tragic events that followed in the life of this son of a Black Panther, Afeni Shakur, (1947-2016). September 13th, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Tupac's death.