Australian Financial Reviews article The Victorian Government has approved the release of the first major documentary about the state’s Black Panther Party, a group of radicals who fought for an independent Black nation and helped create a movement for self-determination in the 1960s.
The film, called Black Panther, will be shown in Melbourne on March 25.
The ABC has not decided on the date for the presentation.
The Black Panther Movement was formed in 1961 in San Francisco, California, by a group led by Malcolm X. They were the first black people to protest in the US and became the inspiration for the Black Panther movement.
The group grew to include dozens of other groups and individuals, and its members eventually formed the Black Panthers.
The Panthers fought for racial equality, civil rights, and women’s liberation.
Black Panther leader Huey Newton was shot dead by the FBI in 1963, and a decade later, he was killed in a gunfight with police.
The state of California declared a state of emergency after the killing of Newton, and the Black Lives Matter movement started to gain momentum.
“There was a very clear vision of Black Panther as a movement of the 99 per cent, and we saw that as a direct challenge to the billionaire class,” Professor David Robinson, from the School of Communication and Film at the University of Melbourne, said.
“We were looking at people like Malcolm X and Huey, and they were saying, ‘We’re not going to go along with this, we’re not interested in that’.
We were looking for alternative models.”
Professor Robinson said the film would look at the Black Liberation Movement and the role of the Black women of the 1960’s, but the focus would be on Malcolm X, who is often seen as a “hero” in the film.
He has never been charged with a crime, and he was never formally arrested or convicted of anything, despite being a member of the movement.
“The film is very clear that Malcolm X was not a terrorist, he wasn’t a terrorist killer, he didn’t even kill anyone,” Professor Robinson explained.
The film will feature interviews with prominent figures from the Black community, including the late Malcolm X’s widow, Liliane. “
It’s about Malcolm X as a radical, but it’s also about the Black people of Australia who were marginalised by their government, and who saw their liberation threatened by the billionaire elite.”
The film will feature interviews with prominent figures from the Black community, including the late Malcolm X’s widow, Liliane.
Professor Robinson, who has been working on the project since 2010, said the project was also an opportunity to take a look at some of the historical and contemporary issues that the film will focus on.
“In the late 20th century, Malcolm X saw the rise of the Communist Party, and in the early 21st century, it was a lot easier to be radical, because it wasn’t just about the white people,” he said.
The project is currently being funded by the Commonwealth Grants Commission.
The first part of the project is scheduled to be made available in April and the second part is scheduled for release in September.
The documentary is scheduled on the same date, but will be screened at the same time as the Victoria university film screenings, which have already been booked.