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Passin' It On - The Black Panthers' Search for Justice
Passin' It On - The Black Panthers' Search for Justice
Actor: Dhoruba Bin Wahad
Director: Jon Valadez
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2006     0hr 57min

A gritty and soulful classic film, PASSIN? IT ON is the story of one man in search of justice who is wronged by the nation with which he is at odds. Part indictment, part redemption tale, the film offers startling insight ...  more »


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Actor: Dhoruba Bin Wahad
Director: Jon Valadez
Creators: Susanne Rostock, Peter Miller
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Biography, Crime & Conspiracy, History, African American Cinema
Studio: Docurama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/26/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 57min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A Lyrical Story of Prejudice and Persecution
Cyrus | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary is masterfully directed and edited including some remarkable historical footage of New York City from the 60's and 70's. While the story revolves around one persecuted individual, Dhoruba bin Wahad, formerly Richard Moore, and one group, The Black Panthers, the story of persecution and the struggle for truth and freedom is compelling and universal. I remember learning about the Black Panthers in Junior High Social Studies class in the mid-1970s. Until I saw this film, I had no idea their early mission had as much to do with feeding and mentoring children as it garnered self-esteem and unity to take a stand against racism and police excesses. The inclusion of FBI sponsored operations to contain the civil rights movement is breathtaking. This very powerful film presents a very different viewpoint from the story presented in my 1970s textbooks. It is distressing to see how Richard Moore was framed and sent to prison for nearly two decades for a crime he didn't commit. He is a compelling speaker. He tells of his persecution with poignancy all the while maintaining the powerful voice of a truthteller. The film never gets in the way of his very articulate voice. Rather, the film provides just the right amount of supporting materials to develop interest and understanding of the political and societal climate of that time. The editing is extremely sharp. The directing and production are exceptional. I highly recommend this film."
Cyrus | 06/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary tells the story of Dhoruba bin Wahad, one of the lesser known but no less passionate political prisoners in the U.S.A. Following from his youth to politicization to incarceration and eventual freedom, Passin' It On is a tale of Dhoruba's triumph against all odds, and of those seeking to thwart him. While older, this film is extremely relevant to the issues at hand."