New Documentary Chronicles the Life of Richard Aoki

By Leticia Miranda Oct 30, 2009

A new documentary, Aoki, chronicles the life of Richard Aoki, a third-generation Japanese American and founding member of the Black Panther Party. The documentary, directed by Ben Wang and Mike Cheng, was filmed over the last five years of Aoki’s life. It includes interviews with Kathleen Cleaver, Bryant Fong and many other comrades and friends Aoki knew through his work with the Panthers, Asian American Political Alliance and Third World Liberation Front. From the film’s website:

Above all else, AOKI is a film that demonstrates the incredible dedication to justice that one man’s life has had and how the lessons of solidarity, commitment, and discipline can carry on from one generation to the next.

The world premiere of the film will be at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA this November 12. Check out the trailer below and visit the site for more details on the premiere and how to get a copy of the documentary.