America, 1960s, was a hotbed of unrest; cities were ablaze with rioting, and protests abounded for the Vietnam War, women's liberation and civil liberties. There was a new generation who wanted to redefine the American Dream - and who had access to the Dream. The Black Panthers formed in 1966, to protect African American residents in LA from police brutality. (Sound familiar?) Before too long, they were a full-blown revolutionary Marxist movement, exhilarating and threatening in equal parts. As quickly as they took hold, they subsided; by mid-70s key individuals were either in jail, in hiding, or in college.
Master documentarian Stanley Nelson vibrantly reconstructs this period, weaving a treasure trove of archive material and interviews with people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and some of the original Panthers. This is a vivid and essential account of a time and a place which forged a new revolutionary consciousness.