Black Panthers

Black Panthers ★★★½

Part of my 52 Films by Women Challenge! (46/52)

So, you mean to tell me that Black Panthers isn't a comic book movie? Look, I get Agnès Varda whilst you get Chadwick Boseman, and we all know who the real superhero is.

My Marvel arrogance aside, Black Panthers transports the audience to Oakland, California in the 1960's. Huey P. Newton, one of the founders of the revolutionary Black Panther movement, has been thrown in jail for the murder of a white police officer, whilst Varda lets the revolutionaries speak their minds over their missing master. Black Panthers is a time capsule - the film lays out the Black Panthers' achievements, goals, and image in clarity, and in turn, casts a middle finger to white supremity.

Varda puts herself in harm's way, so planting her Nouvelle vague trickery all over the hot topic of the Black Panthers is a refreshing perspective. The short documentary feels so authentic with angry characters who are protesting for a purpose, and not for a lost cause.

EDIT: That joke that has opened this review has aged very poorly. I apologise - R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman.

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