“A group of independent filmmakers in Chicago, fashioning themselves as The Film Group, set out to profile Chairman Fred Hampton, the charismatic, 21-year-old leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and ended up documenting the last nine months of his life.
During production, in the early morning of December 4, 1969, Hampton’s apartment and Party hangout was raided by officers assigned to State’s Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan. During the ensuing assault, Hampton and Mark Clark were killed and four others wounded. As the film goes on to argue, the raid was unlawful and Hampton’s death was, in effect, an assassination.
UCLA Film & Television Archive Senior Film Preservationist Jillian Borders wrote on the film for the UCLA Festival of Preservation in 2017: “The Murder of Fred Hampton has never felt more relevant. It serves as a document of the late 1960s, but it is impossible not to draw comparisons between the film’s representation of the Black Panther Party, which started as a way to fight police brutality towards young Black men, and today’s Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by police shootings of African American youth.
The screening of this film will be followed by a conversation with Henry “Poison” Gaddis, Black Panther Party member and Executive Director of Hope and a Home; Lynn French, former Black Panther Party member; and Flint Taylor, founding partner of the People’s Law Office. The conversation will be moderated by Jakobi Williams, Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the Department of African American Diaspora Studies and the Department of History at Indiana University-Bloomington.
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