Black Panthers

Black Panthers ★★★★

"They did not declare war on Vietnam, they did not declare war on North Korea and they did not declare war on the Indians when they wiped them out. We are at war."

A powerful and beautifully shot + restored documentation of one of America's most controversial groups. They are often either vilified or glorified but Varda does neither, instead doing something many documentary creators seem to forget: sometimes it's just better to sit back and let your subject do the talking.

That doesn't mean she's neutral of course, nor does she pretend to be. She does let the audience come to their own conclusions, however. Personally, I can't claim to know much about American race politics, but the fact you could tell me this was footage from a rally taking place this year and I would believe you says something.

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