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7/7/2020 / Issue #031 / Text: Cinema of the Dam’d

Film/Documentary tip top 5

Every issue we publish a tip top 5 of documentaries and films that we think are worth watching.This issues list has been created by Cinema of the Dam’d (cinema in the OT301). If available we share the content on our Youtube channel.

Black Panthers
Director: Agnès Varda
Writer: N/A
Release: 1968
Topic: Civil Rights
Where to find it:
In 1968, the late great Agnès Varda went to Oakland, California to document a rally in support of Huey Newton, the imprisoned co-founder of the Black Panther Party.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Director: Göran Olsson
Release: 2011
Topic: Civil Rights
Where to find it: Available for free on Vimeo:
Vital documentary about the rise of the Black Power movement in the United States, assembled from found footage shot by Swedish TV journalists between 1967 and 1975.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Director/s: Bennett Singer & Nancy D. Kates
Writer: Marc Weiss
Release: 2003
Topic: Civil Rights/Gay Rights
Where to find it:
One of the first “freedom riders,” Bayard Rustin, was an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and helped organize the 1963 March on Washington. But for decades, he got little recognition, because he was gay.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Director: Shola Lynch
Writer: Shola Lynch
Release: 2012
Topic: Civil Rights
Where to find it:
Fascinating documentary about how college professor Angela Davis entered into radical politics and ended up on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

The Murder of Fred Hampton
Director: Howard Alk
Release: 1971
Topic: Civil Rights
Where to find it:
While filmmakers were shooting this radical documentary about 21-year-old Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, he was killed by Chicago police. Then the film became an investigation into his murder.