Black Panthers

Black Panthers

Varda Boxset

In California - 2

I could quibble about the all too short runtime or the narration feeling a bit out of place (rather than to inform unfamiliar audiences), but this is a powerful and relevant document. 

For the most part, Varda and her crew sit back and let the people speak. She knew that nothing she could say (outside of expositional narration) would have any weight compared to the members of the group she’s highlighting. 

The fact that this film is still essential viewing 53 years later is such a harsh reality that I ended up holding back tears throughout this experience. Varda’s camera is so loving and open— I just wish people were listening.