Theme: Unite to Fight
Dir. William Klein, 1970, 75 min.
The time is 1969 and reporter William Klein is in Algeria covering the pan-African festival. While there he conducts a riveting interview with Black Panther in exile Eldridge Cleaver about everything ranging from the Vietnam War and the attempts on Cleaver’s life to the relations between black-power groups and Pan-African movements worldwide. This movie is the record of that interview.
Dir. Ben Wang and Mike Cheng, 2009, 94 mins.
One of the best-kept secrets in the history of the Black Panther Party is the life of Richard Aoki, which is the subject of this documentary. Richard Aoki, who was placed in a Japanese interment camp along with his family when he was only four years old, grew up in Oakland, went to Berkeley and eventually joined the Black Panthers where he rose to become a field marshal, a Third World Liberation Front leader and a professor.
“Aoki” Q&A with “The Artist” Emory Douglas (Minister of Culture BPP) and co-directors Ben Wang and Mike Cheng
Followed by Reception with music sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale