Angela Davis documentary opens in select cities
Filmmaker Shola Lynch has created a masterpiece in her latest documentary FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS. The documentary focuses on a time in Angela Davis career where she was faced with some turbulent issues in a turbulent era of America. It was an era where the FBI came down hard on the Black Panthers Party and those associated. FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS focuses on Ms. Davis entanglement in the kidnapping and murder of a judge by incarcerated Black Panther George Jackson’s teenage brother, Jonathan, in a daylight shootout in 1970 outside the Marin County courthouse
Angela Davis, an avowed member of the Communist Party who also protested with the Black Panthers Party finds herself fighting not only for prison reform but to keep her job as a professor at UCLA and on trial for conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.
Prosecutors did not focus on Davis politics but instead her letters to George Jackson and her love for him which they would claim motivated her to purchase the guns but Ms. Davis had no knowledge of what the guns were to be used for.
Angela Davis would be named on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and would escape arrest for months before being arrested in New York. Angela Davis stood trial for conspiracy, kidnapping and murder but in 1972 in San Jose and by an all white juror she was found not guilty.
Angela Davis who was a professor at UCLA was fired when former Governor of California Ronald Reagan asked the UC Board of Regents to fire Professor Davis due to her political affiliations. Though, a judge would later re-instate her, she was fired again for inflammatory language in four different speeches.
After trial Angela would later return to teaching at UC Santa Cruz before retiring but remains an activist and the founder of Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance focuses on building an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.
Also, FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS was co-produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z after filmmaker found that the licensing fees for the archival footage and pictures were higher than she budgeted. Still, after showing the documentary to each, they all came on board to help make FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS a reality.
FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS is available now in select cities.
-Kelly J Newson