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Season 17, Episode 11 A Panther in Africa

First Aired: September 21, 2004

“A Panther in Africa” profiles Pete O'Neal, a one-time Black Panther who has lived in exile in Tanzania for three decades after fleeing from a gun-charge conviction in the U.S. Now in his 60s, the reflective O'Neal is both defiant and philosphical about his fugitive status, but he's still very much an activist: he and his wife Charlotte operate a widely respected multiservice community center that also sponsors international exchange programs, and O'Neal is seen here showing local sights to two youths from his native Kansas City. The two, in turn, offer pointers on rap and basketball to Tanzanian youngsters. O'Neal is also concerned that he's losing his identity as an African-American. “I'm losing that connection to African America,” he says. “I'm kind of lost in a no-man's land.”

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)

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