The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
HISTORY (DStv 186)
In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.
A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system.
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.
The documentary goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the diverse group of voices of the people who were there.
These included the police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.
Featuring numerous former members, as well as archival footage of the late Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tells the story of a pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.
Their causes, with slogans like "power to the people" and "creating a better world" are relevant again in an era that has seen the rise of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and tense relations between African American communities and the police.
The Black Panthers' condemnations of injustice, oppression and brutality in the late '60s and early '70s reverberate again in one city after another.
Babylon Berlin 2
M-Net (DStv 101)
A German period drama television series based on novels by Volker Kutscher which takes place in 1929 during the Weimar Republic.
A metropolis in turmoil. From economy to culture, politics to the underworld – everything is in the grip of radical change.
Speculation and inflation are already tearing away at the foundations of the still young Weimar Republic. Growing poverty and unemployment stand in stark contrast to the excesses and indulgence of the city's night life and its overflowing creative energy.
Gereon Rath, a young police inspector from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin in order to solve a criminal case – a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia.
What at first glance appears to be simply a matter of extortion soon reveals itself to be a scandal that will forever change the lives of both Gereon and his closest associates.
A Soviet freight train's hijacking leads a haunted cop and a poor typist to uncover a political conspiracy amid the vice and glamour of 1929 Berlin.
In Season 2, Inspector Rath has now been seconded to the murder squad and now has the job of identifying the 15 murdered revolutionaries newly discovered in woods near to Berlin.
But due to the involvement of the senior investigating officer the case is passed on to another inspector leaving Rath to peruse his own line of inquiries with the aid of Charlotte, a wannabe murder investigator and a junior CID officer.
In the Season 2 premiere: Rath awakes after a long night to be faced with a new case - the massacre of the Red Fortress.