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Black August
Seattle, WA
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Thank you for your interest in this event! While this screening is over, there are many other exciting LHAAFF events to enjoy during the year. We also host monthly screenings in our Underground Railroad traveling film series during the rest of the year, part of an ongoing effort to build community across the aisle. Please visit our website, www.langstonblackfilmfest.org, for schedule information.

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Black August
Seattle Premiere - The story of Black Panther George Jackson's life through to his death in 1971 at the hands of San Quentin Prison guards. Inmate activist George Lester Jacksons (CSI's Gary Dourdan) short life became a flashpoint for revolution igniting the bloodiest riot in San Quentins history. Black August tells the story of the last event-filled months of Jacksons journey from street tough to political martyr. After moving with his family from Chicago to Los Angeles, Jackson was arrested for a $70 gas station robbery and received a sentence of one year to life. During his eleven years in prison, Jackson studied Marx, Mao and other revolutionary thinkers. He channeled the explosive rage of an oppressed and exploited community into a powerful indictment of the racial status quo in a series of passionate and poetic letters that were collected and published in the volume Soledad Brother. Part of a legacy that includes Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton and Angela Davis, Jacksons writings made him both a best-selling author and a lightning rod for controversy in one of Americas most politically polarized eras.

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104 17th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


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Film

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Wheelchair Accessible: No

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