41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers

The 29th Pan African Film Festival is excited to announce we've added a special screening of Gregory Everett's award-winning documentary 41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers to this year's schedule.

As a tribute to the late filmmaker who tragically lost his battle with COVID-19 on January 24 of this year, PAFF will host a global screening fundraiser supporting his family on Saturday, February 20 at 5 p.m. PT.

41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers was the first part in a documentary series that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its glorious Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise. The film explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the L.A.P.D. and the U.S. Organization, as well as the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.

This special screening is sponsored in part by The Cochran Firm California.

Get your tickets now, and don't miss this thorough recount of Los Angeles' Black history.

synopsis

41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers, winner of the 2010 Pan African Film Festival's Audience Favorite Documentary, features exclusive interviews from Black Panther party leaders Geronimo Ji Jagga, Elaine Brown, and Kathleen Cleaver, retired Los Angeles City Councilmember and former L.A.P.D. Police Chief Bernard Parks. The film was the first part of a documentary series by filmmaker Gregory Everett that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its glorious Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise. The film explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the L.A.P.D. and the U.S. Organization, and the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.

Using exclusive interviews with former Black Panther Party members along with archival footage detailing the history of racism in Los Angeles, including the Watt's Uprising, 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers, has been called the most in-depth study ever of the murders of L.A. Chapter founder Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter and John Huggins at U.C.L.A. The documentary includes first-hand accounts of the Party's formation as told by the original surviving members and eyewitness accounts of the murders at U.C.L.A. Also featured in the film are former Black Panther members Ericka Huggins, Roland & Ronald Freeman, Wayne Pharr, Jeffrey Everett, Long John Washington, US Organization member Wesley Kabaila, U.C.L.A. Professor Scot Brown, and Bernie Morris, oldest brother of Bunchy Carter.

cast

Geronimo Ji Jagga, Elaine Brown, Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, Roland Freeman, Wayne Pharr, Jeffrey Everett, Bernard Parks, Wesley Kabaila

directed by

Gregory Everett

Screening Times

Saturday, February 20, 2021 @ 5PM PT
Q&A to Follow

screenwriter

Gregory Everett, Nicole Jefferson

producer

Gregory Everett, Lorean Everett, Julius Turrentine, Carl Craig, Garry Walker, Jasmyne A. Cannick, Damon Jones, and Roland Freeman

runtime

120 minutes

country

US

category

Feature Documentary