The 5th Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival

The 5th Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival

September 27th-28th, October 3rd-5th

8. WE WANT freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails. Remembering our Political Prisoners    

{Proceeds from our film festival, after expenses is used to supply commissary for Political Prisoners.}  

Thursday, October 3rd, 7:00pm

Political Prisoners Short  (10 min.)

Yesterday Is Not Too Soon (Interview with Assata Shakur)

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 1997, 16 min.

Assata interviewed by activist Dorsey Nunn.

Mama C. Urban Warrior in the African Bush

Joanne Hershfield, 2012, 60 min.

The film explores Mama C’s decade’s long project of coming to terms with who she is—an African American raised in Kansas City, KS, the “jazz-capital of the world,” who has lived most of her life in Africa, the place from where her ancestors were forced to make the “middle-passage.” When she first arrived in Tanzania she tried as hard as she could to “fit in,” wearing khangas, carrying my babies on my back, basket on my head, chewing sugar cane sticks.” As she writes in one of her published poems, “In my freshly-landed, just-got-off-the-boat enthusiasm of living in Africa, I tried to blend, to melt, homogenize, disappear, erase, the essence of what made me who I am, an African, who grew up in and was molded by the ‘hoods’ of America, and I almost lost myself, self.”

Post-screening Skype Q&A with director Joanne Hershfield.