Sunday, 30 January 2011

African Odysseys:

The Murder of Fred Hampton +

Death of a Revolutionary

A pair of documentaries plotting the lives and deaths of Black Panther party members Fred Hampton and George Jackson

Saturday 5th February 2011 at BFI Southbank

Fred Hampton


As part of the African Odyssey* programme at BFI Southbank, they have organised a double bill to mark USA Black History Month by screening two documentaries The Murder of Fred Hampton and Death of a Revolutionary.

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton

The Chicago-based Film Group - whose leading figures would later go on to create such films such as The China Syndrome and Renaldo and Clara - were responsible for this chilling slice of US history. Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and this film features his activities in organising the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programmes he founded for children during the last 18 months of his life before he was brutally murdered by the Chicago police.

Director: Howard Alk

Year: 1971

Running Time: 88 min

"You can kill a revolutionary but can never kill the revolution" - Fred Hampton

Death of a Revolutionary

George Jackson

Evocation of the life and ideas of Soledad Brother George Jackson after his assassination in San Quentin Prison. Produced with the Black Panther Party and featuring Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Director Fontaine gained privileged access to work with an organisation that had become highly secretive in the face of intense opposition from the US establishment. Supported by Granada TV, it's highly unlikely that such a programme would be possible in today's programme commissioning structure.

Director: Dick Fontaine
Year: 1972

Running time: 30min

We hope that Dick Fontaine will join a discussion after the film.

Both screenings will be followed by a discussion.

These screenings will take place on Saturday 5th February 2011 at 2pm at BFI Southbank.

Tickets are £5.00 per person

To book the tickets, please call the BFI Southbank Box Office on 020 7928 3232 (11:30 - 20.30 daily) to book tickets at this special price.

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank

London, SE1 8XT


* The African Odyssey programme provides inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema.