Black History Month is a celebrated time of the year when African Americans everywhere regroup and energize their shared destiny towards equality through progress and cultural reflection. The Black Panther Party was a major cultural icon and it was their creation of Ethnic Studies at Merritt College that was highlighted at the Feb 1st Rally. College and High School Students learned about the Panther’s educational Legacy in “MERRIT COLLEGE: HOME OF THE BLACK PANTHERS” a documentary produced by Peralta TV.
After the film, attendees heard music, inspirational messages and were able to hear from the keynote speaker and co-founder of the Black Panthers, Bobby Seale.
We are pleased to announce that Peralta TV’s documentary, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” has been accepted for consideration at the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country.
The documentary, which won a national Gold Medallion Award in 2009 for the best college television/film production, is narrated by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and tells the story of the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College through exclusive interviews and rare archival footage. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of events honoring the victims of slavery, features Bobby Seale, Richard Aoki, Ericka Huggins, David Hillard, Emory Douglas, Elbert “Big Man” Howard and other Party members as well as several past presidents of Merritt College, including Chancellor Wise Allen.
A trailer for the film can be seen here: http://blackpanthersthemovie.com/
The documentary’s IMDb page (still under construction) is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2062588/