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

And black people have been called

militants, you know?

As if black people can't be radicals, too.

But if we don't fight now,

we'll never be able to put into practice

that slogan

which, I think, crystallizes

what we've been talking about,

and that is all the power to the people.

I was invited to apply

for this position at UCLA.

They needed someone

who was trained in continental philosophy

and who could teach Marxism.

I decided to accept the job.

There had been an article

written by a man who had joined

the Communist Party,

but, actually, he was an FBI agent.

And then after that,

a well-known reactionary reporter

in Northern California

wrote a scathing article about me.

And that's when all hell broke loose.

Yesterday was the first day

of the fall term at UCLA,

and philosophy professor, Angela Davis,

was on her way to teach her first class

amid controversy,

for Miss Davis admitted that she is

a member of the Communist Party.

And the regents who run the university

decided, because of that,

she should not be allowed to teach.

For UCLA, it has

become the crisis of the year.

I had known Angela as a child.

I went down there,

and I hadn't seen her in years,

as we went different ways.

And I went down there

and I asked her, you know,

if I could be of help and so forth.

Her first lecture drew 2,000 students

and was on the philosophy

of Frederick Douglass.

What was your reaction to the lecture?

I think she is a superb lecturer.

You can learn so much.

As I infer from just what she said today,

it was terrific.

Well, I think she's trying to overthrow

our system of government,

and she admits that.

And while I think it is bad to limit

freedom of speech of any group,

because it limits democracy,

I think it is better

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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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