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Passin' It On

  • Rating: *****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $390.00
  • Date: Copyright 1992. Released 1993.
  • Descriptors: Black Panther Party. Blacks - History. Civil rights movement.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Peter Miller. Directed by Jon Valadez. Color. Also available in 16 mm. 57 min.
  • Production Company: Nosotros Moving Pictures
  • Available from: First Run/Icarus Films 153 Waverly Pl., 6th Floor New York, NY 10014 (212)243-0600
  • Cataloging: 305.896'073 Bin Wahad, Dhoruba||Black Panther Party - History||Afro-Americans - Biography
  • Awards: San Francisco Film Festival Golden Gate award, 1993. National Educational Film & Video Festival Silver Apple award, 1993. Black Maria Film Festival Juror's Choice, 1993.
  • Print Entry #: 4:1169
  • Reviewer: Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah

    This video is without any doubt about the life of Dhoruba Bin Wahad, also known as Richard Moore, but through the telescopic lens of this prolific spokesperson, an important chapter in the civil rights movement emerges. Dhoruba, who spent 19 years in jail for allegedly shooting two police officers, takes viewers on a journey of growing up in the Southeast Bronx in the late 1940s and 1950s, experiencing the safety and communal living that characterized those periods as well as the realities of gang violence, street crimes, and drugs that earned many people prison time, or even death. The murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968 and the disillusion many people felt with the notion of nonviolence attracted many to the Black Panther Party. The real mission of this group and what the government perceived it to be are both examined.

    The technical quality of the video is very good. Through clear pictures and distinctly clear audio, both sides of the Black Panther movement are examined through members of the group, jurors of the Panther-21 Trial, police officers, and civil rights attorneys. This welcome addition to all types of libraries can be used for discussions on various recurring issues in society. The mission of the Black Panther movement compared with that of governmental agencies, the fairness of the legal system, and the responsibility of the government vis-Ö-vis violence in a country where freedom is cherished tremendously are possible discussion topics.

    Each part of the video is charged with emotion and vigor. Dhoruba's speeches to college students and rallies will bring viewers to tears. The tribute to Nelson Mandela is appropriate, for, without any sound, the scenes depicted in the program bear close resemblance to the streets in apartheid-era South Africa.

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