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This is a “Sneak Preview” of a new film that has not yebeen released.

Sponsors for My People Are Rising:
Neighborhood Rising
NAACP Vallejo Branch
Thelma’s African Connection
Club Stride

This is a “Sneak Preview” of a new film that has not yet been released.

Meet & Greet at 6PM in Empress Lounge | Film at 7:30PM

General Admission:

Free Admission for Film Club Members, youth 21 and under, and seniors 65 and older.

$10 for Member Guests and General Public


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Event Info

Sneak preview screening featuring after show Q&A with director Rafael Flores

In an era of stark racial injustice, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to revolution, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. In “My People Are Rising”, he traces the course of his own radicalization, and that of a generation. Through his eyes, we witness the courage and commitment of the young men and women who rose up in rebellion, risking their lives in the name of freedom. “My People are Rising” is an unforgettable tale of their triumphs and tragedies, and the enduring legacy of Black Power.

The United States government attempted to institutionally dismantle the Black Panther Party and was complicit in the assassination of several Black Panther leaders. In the midst of the chaos, Seattle Black Panther Captain, Aaron Dixon, fought hard to preserve his own life while trying to establish a community movement in a region where white politics dominates even today. Once called upon by Huey Netwon to return to Oakland to protect the headquarters of the party, Dixon learned lifelong lessons that came to be essential in organizing political groups outside of California.

Director: Rafael Flores
Theatrical release poster

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Rafael Flores
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Country United States
Language English