Stagger Lee | Francisco Newman, Allen Willis | United States, 1970

Film - Documentary | March 10 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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.

- Kate MacKay

 Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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