Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

  • Directed by Shola Lynch
  • United States, 2012, 102 mins., English

Angela Davis went from an obscure, academic UCLA philosophy professor to the poster girl for domestic terrorism over the course of several tumultuous years starting in 1969. FREE ANGELA is a gripping account of the era and events that catapulted her from Communist Party membership and protests with the Black Panthers to becoming a principal spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement and a vocal challenger of American social justice. Not unnoticed by California Governor Ronald Reagan and other establishment forces, Davis found herself fighting to keep her job and stay in the national media spotlight for her subversive “Power to the People” message. When implicated in a politically motivated kidnapping and collateral murder of a judge in a brazen shootout at the Marin County, California, courthouse, Davis, fearing a fair trial was impossible, fled, setting off an electrifying nationwide manhunt on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy culminating in an internationally followed prosecution that put the American justice system on trial.

Genres: Documentary