A powerful portrait of an exceptional man, Stagger Lee was filmed in the San Francisco County Jail where Black Panther cofounder Bobby Seale was held pending his extradition to Connecticut. In an expansive interview, Seale holds forth on cooking, poetry, intimacy, solitary confinement, revolutionary psychology, and Huey Newton. Director Francisco Newman succeeds brilliantly at his goal of “cutting through the static” of the media’s portrayal of the party as thugs as well as the Panthers’ own sometimes “reckless rhetoric” in order to document the reality of the person behind the party.
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
William Klein, United States , 1970
William Klein met Eldridge Cleaver at the Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria in 1969 and filmed this interview with the exiled Black Panther shortly thereafter. Embellishing Cleaver's profound discourse with graphic titles, archival film, and documentary footage of the freedom fighter’s daily life in Algiers, Klein achieves a singular portrait of black activism.