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All Power to the People!: The Black Panther Party and Beyond (1997)

My Tribe T.V
My Tribe T.V
19 Apr 2020

A potent indictment, “All Power to the People!” seeks both to recap the Black Panther Party’s oft-distorted history and to expose apparent governmental plots that hastened its demise (ditto that of other late-’60s/early-’70s U.S. “extremist” groups). Lively docu package errs only in the realm of overreaching — the events and accusations covered in whirlwind style here might have been more searingly explored at greater length. Pic, which has appeared in smaller U.S. fests and short-run commercial dates, should earn further such exposure internationally. Home-turf broadcast and wider theatrical play may hinge on residual skittishness about its still-controversial subject.

Helmer Lee Lew-Lee starts by stating that his employment as a TV cameraman during the 1992 L.A. riots awakened a personal need to know how U.S. racial relations came to such a sorry pass. He then segues into a rapid-fire montage covering slavery days through mid-’60s civil rights activism. The consecutive assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are viewed as part of a concerted plan to undermine the self-empowerment of the racial underclass. - Variety

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