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The award-winning documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” produced by Homewood native Laurens Grant, will be airing this month on WTTW – Channel 11.

The Chicago Public Television network will air the film at 3 p.m. on Feb. 17, 10 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 1 a.m. on Feb. 21.

The acclaimed film, which this month won the NAACP’s Image Award for outstanding documentary, has played at nearly 200 theaters and film festivals around the world, from New York to Birmingham; Alabama, to Bermuda; Amsterdam, London, Vienna and Dublin.

The film looks at a revolutionary cultural and political awakening for black people in America in the 1960s and 1970s.

“It took seven to eight years to raise the funds, and another three to four years to complete it,” Grant said. “It was an historic documentary, and we were hoping it would resonate with people, with young people.”

Grant, a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, said her next project will examine mass incarceration of black Americans. While the topic, like most of her work, deals with the hard and important topic of race in America, she brings both considerable talent and heart to each project.


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