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BPPFF10: Winnie

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Presented by the NY Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee

Dedicated to #10 of Black Panther Party 10 Point Program
We Want Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice And Peace.

Pascale Lamche, 2017, 98 min


Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

While her husband was kept, paradoxically, both safe and morally uncontaminated, in jail for 27 long years, Winnie rode the tumultuous violence of a life of struggle far from the safety of exile abroad, eyeball-to-eyeball with a seemingly immutable and vicious apartheid enemy controlling the country.

She came to symbolize the oppression of her people while her unwillingness to lie down and take it, during the long years in which the ANC languished in exile and incarceration, incited them to get organized. She was the barometer for the political temperature in the country and brushed patriarchal and conservative conventions aside, within her own culture, by keeping a finger on the pulse of the youth and by leading from the front.

Preceded by My First Born (live performance)
My First Born is an intimate collection of performance art, chronicling in 3 acts, the life of Ksisay Sadiki, daughter of black panthers and a current political prisoner.

Followed by closing reception and party.

Earlier Event: October 6
BPPFF10: Slavery by Another Name