Southern Illinois University



778 Bullets

April 08, 2013

As a part of the Imagine Geographies series, this weekend there will be an event centered around civil rights history, archiving and community organizing at Thomas School on Saturday, 2-5pm. Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary short, 778 Bullets.


Running time 18 minutes, documentary short

Directed by Angela Aguayo (ajaguayo@siu.edu)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/49683155

In November 1970, university, state and local police shot 778 Bullets into an off campus rental house in Carbondale, IL. The residence was rented to a handful of university students, some were assumed to be associated with the local Black Panther Party. Unlike other police raids of known Black Panther residences across the country, the Carbondale Panthers shot back. Using archive material, newspaper accounts, witness testimony and experts in the field, 778 Bullets recovers a little known history of resistance and resilience of the human struggle for self-determination. The dominant memory of the Black Panther Party would have us believe that the Panthers existed only in major urban cities; this story documents a more rural presence of radical politics and the struggle for civil rights.

Festival Screenings: NewFilmmakers New York 2013 (New York City)

14th San Francisco Black Film Festival 2012River’s Edge International Film Festival 2012 (Paducah, KY),San Diego Black Film Festival 2013Peace on Earth Film Festival 2013 (Chicago, IL), REEL Independent Film Extravaganza 2012 (Washington, DC)South Texas Underground Film Festival 2012 (Corpus Christi, TX),Route 66 International Film Festival 2012 (Springfield, IL), Offshoot Film Festival 2012 (Fayetteville, AR) Flint Film Festival 2012 (Flint, MI) We Like’em Short Film Festival 2012 (Baker City, OR),University of California Black Staff and Faculty Organization Film Series 2013 (Berkeley, CA)