'778 Bullets' to be screened July 25

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

CARBONDALE — The short documentary film “778 Bullets,” which recounts a racially charged incident that took place in 1970 in Carbondale, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Carbondale.

The film, directed by SIU professor Angela Aguayo, is part of a collaborative documentary media project focusing on the history of segregation and political struggle for civil rights in Southern Illinois. 

It tells a story from November 1970, when SIU, state, and local police shot 778 bullets into an off-campus rental house that 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. The story unfolds through archive material, newspaper accounts, witness testimony and experts in the field. 

The church is located at 515 S. Orchard Dr.  For more information, call 618-457-2232.