Critical Studies in Media Communication
The 1995 movie Panther depicted the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense as a vibrant but ultimately doomed social movement for racial and economic justice during the late 1960s. Panther’s narrative indicted the white-operated police for perpetuating violence against African-Americans and for undermining movements for black empowerment. As such, this film represented a rare source of filmic counter-memory that challenged hegemonic memories of U.S. race relations. Newspaper reports and reviews of Panther, however, questioned this film’s veracity as a source of historical information. An analysis of these reviews and reports indicates the challenges counter-memories confront in popular culture.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in CRITICAL STUDIES IN MEDIA COMMUNICATION on August 15, 2007, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/ 10.1080/07393180701520900.
Hoerl, K.E. (2007). Mario Van Peebles's Panther and popular memories of the Black Panther Party. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 24(3), pp. 206-227. Available from: digitalcommons.butler.edu/ccom_papers/21/