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BPPFF9: Breaking Down The Box

  • maysles cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, NY and Maysles Cinema

THEME: No. 8 of the 10-point party platform
We Want Freedom For All Black Men Held In Federal, State, County And City Prisons And Jails. We believe that all Black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.

800 Years
Deggra Stratton, 24 min

Breaking Down the Box
Matthew Gossage, 2015, 41 min

Breaking Down the Box exposes the torture of solitary confinement in the context of mass incarceration in the United States. The film examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement. It is a call to action for communities of faith to engage in the growing nationwide movement for restorative alternatives to isolated confinement that prioritize rehabilitation, therapeutic interventions, and recovery.

Panel to follow.


This program is in partnership with the Seventh Art Stand: Uplifting Black Voices which is a national film screening and discussion series which utilizes film to bridge communities and create new inroads for civil rights discourse. This series enters its second installment with Uplifting Black Voices Now and Then focused on the continually relevant need for films that empower African-Americans.

Earlier Event: October 6
BPPFF9: All Power To The People
Later Event: October 7
BPPFF9: Cruel and Unusual