Podcast Episode 56: The Black Panthers And Oscar Boycott
Interview with producer Laurens Grant about her doc at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Episode 56:The Black Panthers and Oscar Boycott
What would the Black Panthers do about the lack of diversity in Hollywood? I talk to producer Laurens Grant about her documentary on the Black Panthers and the very white Oscar nominations.
The screening of a documentary about the Black Panthers at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this weekend seems oddly appropriate on the heels of the very white Academy Award nominations.
Producer Laurens Grant will be at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Museum of Photographic Arts to present her documentary, "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution." She has had to fight the dual obstacles of being both female and African American.
The screening of "The Black Panthers," with its powerful images of black power and scenes of African Americans carrying guns into the state capital (prompting Ronald Reagan to call for gun control) suggest that maybe it’s not a boycott that’s needed but a call for revolution.
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