With Director Edwian “Eze” Stokes in person!

7 pm in the VSW microcinema

Proof of vaccination and face masks required

This event will stream live via the VSW TWITCH

  • Join us for Conversations: The Black Radical Tradition , a screening and discussion that will take place both in-person in the VSW microcinema and live-streamed via VSW’s TwitchThe film will be presented in-person by author, activist and local civil rights organizer Jalil Muntaqim and director Edwian “Eze” Stokes. 

    Conversations: The Black Radical Tradition (2021) is a two-hour documentary by Edwian “Eze” Stokes that focuses on African Americans’ struggle for liberation against American imperialism in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. Sparked by a desire to improve the material conditions of African Americans in the United States, this film features first-hand accounts from compelling activists, foot soldiers, scholars, writers, and thinkers of Black resistance and community building movements.

    Jalil Muntaqim, who is featured in the film, is a veteran member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, and co-founder of the National Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners. He was released from prison to parole on October 6, 2020, after being confined for almost 5 decades.

    Following the film, Jalil will lead a discussion on the Black Radical Tradition with director Ed Stokes and audience members. 

  • Conversations: Black Radical Tradition with Edwian Stokes and Jalil Muntaqim
  • A playlist of films and videos from the VSW archives that are related to the Black Radical Tradition in the United States will be available for a limited time on this page.

    A playlist of films and videos from the VSW archives that are related to the Black Radical Tradition in the United States will be made available for a limited time at vsw.org.

    Angela: Portrait of a Revolutionary (1971)
    Yolande DuLuart, 40:00, Format: 16mm
    Follows activities of Angela Davis during 1969 and 1970 at home, with friends, as a college teacher, and as a black revolutionary.

    Shirley Chisholm in Rochester (1971)
    David Christoff and Sanford Rockowitz, 33:00, Format: 1/2” open reel
    US Representative Shirley Chisholm’s presidential campaign visit Midtown News conference; Xerox Tower speech, Rochester, New York.

    Ankh #1 Neighborhood Interviews (1971)
    Charles McGill, 33:00, Format: 1/2” open reel
    Charles McGill interviews neighborhood residents about their ideas for a proposed “Neighborhood Museum” which would capture the cultures of a particular neighborhood in Rochester, New York, potentially serving as a shared community media resource.

    Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom (1964)
    Lebert “Sandy” Bethune and John Taylor, 20:00, Format: 16mm
    Malcolm X discusses the world-wide struggle of blacks and other non-whites for freedom and independence. Interview was filmed three months before his assassination.

    Self Help Productions (1973)
    Bonnie Klein, Joe Floves, Willie Lightfoot, 31:20, Format: 1/2” open reel
    “Produced by Self Help Productions with assistance from Portable Channel, this program illustrates the use of video as cultural exchange. In its look at two local black organizations, it presents a casual and revealing perspective which would be difficult, if not impossible, for a non-black to perceive and document.”  – description from the Portable Channel Catalog

    Minister Raymond Scott on Attica (1971)
    Larry Gale and Sanford Rockowitz, 33:00, Format: 1/2” open reel
    Interview with Raymond Scott, head of FIGHT and member of the Attica observer committee, on events at Attica.

  • The VSW Salon is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts and by the ArtWorks program of the National Endowment for the Arts.