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Still Revolutionaries

Still Revolutionaries - Image Produced by Sienna McLean.
16 min. Color. 2000.
Available as: VHS and DVD
Captioned: No
Catalog #: 0080
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This compelling documentary explores the lives of two women who were in the Black Panther Party between 1969 and 1975. Katherine Campbell and Madalynn Rucker reflect on the reasons and events that led to their joining the Black Panthers, the type of work they did within the Party, and the challenges they faced as they chose to leave it and reconstruct their lives.

The film takes a very personal look at the passions these women hold dearest and their motives for putting their lives on the line for their community. The women share the difficulties they encountered as they began to feel the structure of the Party disintegrating around them. The excruciating decision to leave the Party and re-enter "mainstream" life posed specific challenges as they strove to integrate their radical values into their jobs and families. The women discuss how they have carried the strengths and beliefs inspired by the Black Panther Party throughout their lives and the ways in which they have tried to pass them on to their own children.

Through the two women's eloquent, clear-eyed evaluations of their experiences, Still Revolutionaries provides both a foot soldier’s and a woman’s point of view on the Black Panther Party and its legacy. The film will generate discussion in a variety of classes in American history and studies, African-American studies, sociology, psychology, and women's studies. It was produced by Sienna McLean.

Reviews

"A great classroom tool, integrating complex issues of gender, generation, race, class, politics, and memory into a concise, compelling reflection on life as a woman in the Black Panther Party. This thought-provoking film will appeal to anyone interested in the intersections between political action, idealism, and the day-to-day routines involved in raising a family and building community. A perfect length for classroom use, the film will be a valuable resource for teachers of American history; civics, government, and political science; and women's and African-American studies." -- Faith Rogow, Ph.D., Media Education Specialist

"Blending testimony and archival footage, this excellent film explores the dynamic and conflicted participation of women in the Black Panther Party. It presents an important and insightful consideration of race, gender and social change during the 1960s. It is an ideal educational and discussion tool for numerous women's studies courses." -- Prof. Chan Noriega, Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

"What is unique about this film is that, for the first time, women who were in the Party are able to tell the story of the Black Panther Party from their own perspective. At the heart of this remarkable film is the story of extraordinarily committed women who were betrayed by their leaders. The real tragedy, which is eloquently portrayed here, is the sense of disillusionment felt by rank and file members when the Party didn't live up to its revolutionary potential." -- Clayborne Carson, Prof. of History and Director, Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, Stanford Univ.

Awards

  • Sundance Film Festival honoree
  • "Best Documentary" Award, University Film and Video Assn. Intl. Film Festival
  • Women in Cinema Intl. Film Festival honoree
  • Black Maria Film Festival honoree
  • Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival honoree
  • Intl. Documentary Assn. honoree
  • Selected for screening at more than 20 major film festivals worldwide

 

 

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