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The Spook Who Sat By The Door and The Murder of Fred Hampton
February 5, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
A double feature presentation focused on the mid-twentieth century black liberation movement and Cointelpro.
Free to attend * Free popcorn (donations appreciated)
Proof of vaccination and masks required (no exceptions)
THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON
(Directed by Howard Alk, 1971, 89 mins, b&w, sound, 1080p digital projection)
“Originally going into production with the film title Black Panther, the work was supposed to cover the rise of the group’s Illinois chapter, with a focus on its charismatic leader, Fred Hampton. In the middle of production, Fred Hampton was murdered by the Chicago police, and the film became a two-part document of a stillborn revolutionary moment. The first half is an affecting portrait of Hampton; the man and the leader captured delivering a speech on social revolt and racism before a large, rapturous crowd. The second part becomes an audacious piece of investigative journalism, making a compelling case for the police’s intentional murder of Hampton, who feared his oratorical power more than anything.”
THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR
(Directed by Ivan Dixon, 1973, 92 mins, color, sound, digital projection)
“A parable about institutional racism, which was pulled from theaters after only a few weeks, and an iconoclastic work of American political cinema whose polemical power has only grown with time. Ivan Dixon’s second and final feature, an adaptation of Sam Greenlee’s 1969 novel of the same title, endures as an incisive portrayal of Black militant struggle in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement and the convulsive 1960s. Lawrence Cook stars as Dan Freeman, a secret Black nationalist who becomes the first Black member of the CIA; his deep state colleagues are none the wiser to the fact that Freeman is playing them, exploiting his own tokenization to learn the guerrilla tactics he’ll need to take his real fight to the next level. By turns a satire and a serious political thriller, The Spook Who Sat By the Door is a visionary film of ideas whose urgency and precision feel utterly contemporary.”