NYT Reviews Firelight Media's 'The Black Panthers'

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NYT Reviews Firelight Media's 'The Black Panthers'

 

"The beginning of 'The Black Panthers,' Stanley Nelson’s excellent new documentary, includes a television news report on tensions between black citizens and the police in American cities. If not for the fuzzy, monochrome images and the voice-over’s unironic use of the word 'Negroes,' the clip could have been broadcast last week, instead of almost 50 years ago. And if Mr. Nelson doesn’t strain to establish the present-day relevance of the story he has to tell, it’s partly because he doesn’t have to. The problems of poverty, police brutality and economic plunder that gave birth to the Panthers are with us still..."

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