The landmark documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971, 88 min.), by Howard Alk and Michael Gray, is a testament to black activism and a chilling record of covert police and FBI actions. Begun in 1969 to portray the activities of the Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party and its dynamic young leader, Fred Hampton, the film becomes a passionate, clear-eyed response to Hampton’s brutal assassination by police later that year. “Hampton’s killing was the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration,” Noam Chomsky has said. The screening is followed by a panel discussion with UCLA scholar Robin Kelley and artist Sam Durant.
January 29, 2017
REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 West Second Street
Los Angeles, California, United States
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