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Facets Teach-In

Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

June 6, 2017

Who Polices the Police?
The Murder of Fred Hampton
with Bill Cottle, Billy "Che" Brooks, and Gretchen Helfrich

Film still: The Murder of Fred Hampton


"It's the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton is such a film"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Political dynamite"
  —Roger Ebert

An unprecedented, historically significant documentary on the slain Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Fred Hampton, who was killed in 1969 by Chicago police while he slept in his apartment. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk were already shooting a portrait of this charismatic speaker and community organizer when his murder occurred. Arriving at the crime scene only a few hours after the police raid, the unsettling footage they captured was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony in what many believe to be Hampton's assassination.

Directed by Howard Alk and Mike Gray/Produced by Bill Cottle, 1971, USA, 88 min.

The June Teach-In will feature a post-film discussion with panelists Bill Cottle, the film's producer and a founder of the legendary Film Group, and Billy "Che" Brooks, the Minister of Education of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and a life-long educator and activist. The panel will be moderated by Gretchen Helfrich, a civil rights attorney and former host of WBEZ's Odyssey, and Facets' Founder and Artistic Director Milos Stehlik.


  • Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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