Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 1971
The Murder of Fred Hampton
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Durée : 88 minutes
Film en noir et blanc
Genre : portrait

Français

Chicago 1968. Décidés à faire le portrait de Fred Hampton, leader charismatique des Black Panthers de l’Illinois Mike Gray et Howard Alk se retrouvent au cours du film confrontés à son assassinat.

Une douzaine d’officiers de police débarque dans l’appartement d’Hampton et le suppriment ainsi que son frère de lutte, Mark Clark. Arrivés sur les lieux du crime quelques heures plus tard, les deux réalisateurs sont brutalement aspirés dans une enquête qui sera le seul rempart tangible face à la déferlante des médias et des allégations de la police.

English

The Murder of Fred Hampton
THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party but half way through the shoot Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton s apartment while its occupants were sleeping killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. Recently restored and reworked by Gray THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is a chilling slice of American history. Also included is a short film CICERO MARCH which chronicled a group who defied Mayor Richard J. Daley s order to march into predominantly white Cicero to protest racism and injustice. Gray s gritty no-frills style is spontaneous and purposeful suggesting a you-are-there quality that captures the excitement of the era. Shot verite style with no script hand-held camera direct sound and natural lighting the look is rough raw and real much like the city it depicted.

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