American Revolution II begins by documenting the explosive confrontations between the Chicago police and protestors during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The filmmakers then move from these clashes to a nuanced, compelling, and very timely examination of the unlikely relationship that was developing between the Black Power movement in Chicago and the Young Patriots—a group of impoverished, primarily white residents of the Uptown neighborhood who were beginning to organize around issues of social mobility, police brutality, and income inequity. American Revolution 2 is the most recent preservation project of the Chicago Film Archives and was made possible with the generous support of the National Film Preservation Foundation and Rebuild Foundation.
Guests in attendance:
Jakobi Williams – Author of From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago
Henry (Poison) Gaddis – Illinois Chapter of the Black Panthers
Hy Thurman – Young Patriots Organization
Mike James – Rising Up Angry
Stick around for an exclusive panel discussion and Q&A with activists: Hy Thurman (Young Patriots), Henry Gaddis (Chicago Black Panthers) and other panelists about the film, activism in Chicago and related topics.
This screening is presented in collaboration with Chicago Film Archives, a regional film archive dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and providing access to films that represent the Midwest.
More information on Arts Bank Cinema and Rebuild Foundation, visit https://rebuild-foundation.org/