Framing the Panthers

  • Black Panther Party featured in the film Framing the Panthers

About This Project

Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a charismatic young Black Panther Party leader in New York City when he was wrongly accused of the attempted murder of two police officers. He spend 19 years in prison – and a group of young lawyers, determined to help him, revealed he was targeted by the COINTELPRO programme instituted by the FBI, a “dirty tricks” programme that was intended specifically to stifle dissent, targeting movements for African-American and Native American determination and the New Left.


Framing the Panthers was part of the Counterterror series that examined how the term “terrorism” was used to criminalise political dissent in different communities.


Producers & Directors

Annie Goldson & Chris Bratton


Best Film, International Cinema Festival
Best Social Documentary, New England Film & Video Festival
Silver Star in Documentary, Sacramento Film Festival
Red Ribbon in Politics & Government, American Film & Video Festival
Peoples' Choices Award, Global Africa Festival
Finalist, Australian Film & Video Festival
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Special Merit, Earthpeace International Film Festival
Special Jurors' Award, Black Maria Film and Video Festival
Jurors' Award, Hallwalls Festival of New Journalism


Selected for over 30 films festivals. Counterterror screened as a 4-part series at a number of major venues included the Museum of Modern Art, the ICA, London and the Wexner Centre, Chicago.