Ryan Coogler Talks About the Influence of Africa on BLACK PANTHER

Black Panther returned to the big screen with free screenings for #GivingTuesday at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide on Tuesday, November 27th. Presented by Film Comment, a publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and supported by the Art House Convergence, the event featured a post-screening live-streamed Q&A with director Ryan Coogler. The one-night-only event offered audiences an opportunity to experience the acclaimed film on the big screen once again with their local communities.

Black Panther is director Ryan Coogler’s take on a modern African hero and a utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like. The film explores the conflict between two powerful men, one African and one African-American, who are mirror images of each other, each grappling with his own history, home, and very identity. When Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of the hidden, technologically advanced kingdom Wakanda, he is forced to defend his throne against rogue mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Wakanda is also alive with strong, intelligent women-from Wakanda’s elite all-female security force, led by Okoye (Danai Gurira), to the international spy Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), to T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett)-who are portrayed as equals to the men they protect and advise.

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