Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Synopsis: A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Shola Lynch
Production: LionsGate/CodeBlack Films
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

"My world is changing,

and I do want to be a part of this. "

And I decided that I would go back.

I would go back

and I decided to go to San Diego,

which was where Marcuse was.

Herbert Marcuse was

an amazing philosopher.

The important message I got from him

was that knowledge

can help to transform the world.

That knowledge does not exist

in a dimension of its own,

but rather it can be active,

it can be practical.

Angela Davis is possibly

the most intelligent person

that I have ever been around,

when it comes to studying

classical German philosophy.

She had been a very, very

good student at Brandeis,

and she had gone to Germany

to the Frankfurt School.

She became, you know, part of

an international intellectual community.

Her intellectual engagement,

as the most important thing in her life,

was clearly mapped out at that point.

She smoked Gauloises, chain-smoked

them, was very European.

And she came out of that heavy

intellectual atmosphere rise in San Diego

that was just the beginnings

of the Black Panthers,

the wake of the riots, and so on.

So, she wasn't really wired into that

and hadn't had a lot of

personal experience, I think, with it.

When I had attempted

to become involved in

political organizations in San Diego,

I had not had very much success.

Some people thought I was an agent.

You know, who was this black woman

who's coming from Europe

and wanting to know

what's going on in the community?

But I realized that I needed a collective.

I needed people to engage with.

I needed to...

I didn't see myself accomplishing

anything important as an individual.

Said I wanted freedom


Black is beautiful

Angela Davis wanted to be a part

of the Black Power movement.

I was the section leader

of the Black Panther Party.

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Shola Lynch

Shola Lynch is a filmmaker, artist and former athlete. She is best known for her films Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004) and Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2013), both of which focus on African- American women and political history. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. more…

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