Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Murder of Fred Hampton + The Exile 9/7/16

The Murder of Fred Hampton + The Exile

The Murder of Fred Hampton,1971, 88min.
Director Howard Alk, Mike Gray
Produced by Mike Gray
Cinematography Howard Alk, Mike Gray

The circumstances surrounding the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton by Chicago police.

The Murder of Fred Hampton is a 1971 documentary film which began with the intention of portraying Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. During the films production, Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department.

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life.

The documentary is split into two parts: a portrait of Fred Hampton and an investigative report in his death. Through re-enactments, evidence from the scene, and interviews, the documentary alleges that Hamptons death was murder by the Chicago police.

Cast Fred Hampton (Himself), Rennie Davis (Himself), Edward Hanrahan (Himself), Don Matuson, Bobby Rush (Himself) Release date May 1971 (1971-05)

"To members of Chicago's African American community in the late 1960s, no leader was more inspiring, more articulate, or more effective than Fred Hampton. He organized food pantries, educational programs, and recreational outlets for impoverished children, and he helped bring about a peaceful coexistence among the city's rival street gangs. To civic leaders in Chicago, the FBI, and many others, however, he was a dangerous revolutionary leader, committed to the violent overthrow of the white-dominated system. Hampton was killed in a 1969 raid on the headquarters of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther party, in what was almost certainly a planned assassination orchestrated by Federal agents and city leaders, who feared that Hampton's influence could lead to an all-out armed uprising by the city's most disenfranchised residents." (Black Commentator)
The Exile 1931, 78min
Directed by Oscar Micheaux
Murder, suicide, estranged lovers, and "interracial mixing" are all interwoven into Oscar Micheaux's plot for The Exile 1931. The idealistic Jean Baptiste falls in love with Edith Duval, an ambitious nightclub operator. Edith's "dive" is in the former mansion of one of Chicago's aristrocratic elite, now located in the heart of the city's South Side black urban district. The two lovers are torn apart when Edith introduces racketeering and the "numbers" into her business, all of which are totally inconsistent with Baptiste's high moral principles. - La Cineteca del Friuti