Panther is a 1995 film directed by Mario Van Peebles, from a screenplay adapted by his father, Melvin Van Peebles, from his novel. The film portrays the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, tracing the organization from its founding through its decline in a compressed time frame. Creative license is taken but the general trajectory of the Party and its experiences is factual.
The film focuses on the rise and decline of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, known as the Black Panthers, during the era of Black Power and disenchantment with passive resistance as a tool in the civil rights movement. It explores the FBI's COINTELPRO program, which was a far-flung effort to track and disrupt African-American political movements
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