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21st(2019)



Black Panthers

Agnès VARDA

  • France
  • 1968
  • 28min
  • DCP
  • black and white
  • Documentary

In 1968, Huey NEWTON, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was tried for the murder of a policeman. Agnès VARDA went to Los Angeles and borrowed a 16mm camera from students at the University of California, Berkeley, and met with the Black Panther group who claimed the selfdefense of African-Americans and stood against mainstream white America. Though she typically recorded intimate spaces previously, here VARDA shoots unfamiliar places in the California heat. She poses questions about the body, the pride and rights of African-Americans at Black Panther training, demonstrations, and parades. While listening to them, her camera never fails to capture every movement and facial expression. [LEE Nara]

Director

  • Agnès VARDAAgnès VARDA

    Born in Ixelles, Brussels on May 30, 1928 and died on March 29, 2019.
    VARDA was an extraordinary artist who pioneered modern cinema through installation arts, photography, live action films, and documentaries. As the mother of the Nouvelle Vague, she is also known as a pioneer of female films not only in France but throughout the world. As an expressive feminist, VARDA is famous for her critical essays on documentary-like reality and her interests on everyday life, photography, and arts.

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