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Two radical documentaries explore various aspects of racial unrest.
A harbinger of the racial unrest that would engulf Chicago, The Cry of Jazz pairs performances by musician like Sun Ra and John Gilmore with interviews with artists and intellectuals who speak on appreciating, creating, and understanding jazz. The film was so controversial when it came out that Ralph Ellison denounced it as being offensive and Bland said he was dubbed a “madman... black racist.” The discussion after its premiere in New York was so heated that the police needed to be called.
A documentary by Chicago’s legendary Film Group about the unlikely alliance of the Black Panthers and a white group called the Young Patriots in the aftermath of the 1968 Chicago Riots.