*L.A.P.D. Sgt. Ronnie Cato, President of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, the Department’s Black personnel organization, issued the following statement regarding the new documentary 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers:
“41st & Central: The Untold Story of The L.A. Black Panther Party speaks to the heart of the many years of police brutality and poverty which lead to a Black movement,” said Sgt. Cato. “This movement sparked by anger, forced Black people to turn their pain into power by organizing to fight against a racist system. The film was certainly a reminder of the many Blacks that made the sacrifice to change the conditions of Black people all across America. It was also a reminder of how much more work we still have ahead to reach total parity in this country.”
Being presented by the Pan African Film Festival in a limited engagement at the Culver Plaza Theatres March 26 through April 1, 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers features new and exclusive interviews from Black Panther party leaders Geronimo Ji Jagga, Elaine Brown, and Kathleen Cleaver, Los Angeles City Councilmember and former L.A.P.D. police chief Bernard Parks. The film is 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 and explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the L.A.P.D. and the US Organization, as well as 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 from the perspective of the participants who engaged with the L.A.P.D., 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers is being called the most in-depth study ever of the L.A. Chapter founder Alprentice “Bunchy Carter.” The film features first hand accounts of the Party’s formation as told by the original surviving members and gives the viewer an eyewitness account of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins murders at U.C.L.A. in 1968.
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 many others.
41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers will open on March 26 with four screenings a day for one week through April 1 at the Culver Plaza Theatres located at 9919 Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at www.paff.org and www.41central.com.
Watch the trailer for ’41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers’: