Nicole Franklin, NBC NEWS

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (NBC News)—Unyielding in its exploration of Black Panther pride, confrontations and in-fighting, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is a documentary that uses rare footage to chronicle the explosive movement in a most comprehensive way.

“This is the first time we had Black people standing up to White people and getting in their face,” said Writer-Director Stanley Nelson.

This expansive story of the Panthers as documented from 1966 to 1973, was a task years in the making for Nelson, “with the weight of the African American upon you,” he said.

With the film premiere at Sundance Film Festival this weekend, Nelson becomes the director with most doc feature premieres of any other filmmaker at this renowned event. In a way, Nelson’s achievement is what the Panthers stood for – “power to determine the destiny of our black community” – and respect.

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