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Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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Writer/director Shola Lynch follows up her 2004 documentary Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed with this film centered on the struggle of educator and activist Angela Davis, an outspoken UCLA professor whose affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers landed her on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list while challenging our perceptions of political freedom in America. From her early years as a student in the U.S. and abroad to her highly publicized arrest and trial following the brazen

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Shola Lynch

Aug 20, 2013

$69.3k

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Fugitive, radical, communist and philosopher Angela Davis was the lefty hipster's pin-up girl and the right-winger's Afro-ed nightmare, and her authority and charisma are on full display in Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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"Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" may seem to take place in a distant past, but it resonates with improbable timeliness.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A snappily edited, archivally wallpapered recollection of fearless behavior in the face of an antsy establishment. But it's equally significant as a pointed act of retelling.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Without straining for big-picture significance, it provides a composed look into the revolutionary spirit.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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People who weren't around during the '60s-'70s cusp can hardly appreciate just how weird that time was. "Free Angela" brings that weirdness back.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Prisoners is captivating from start to finish.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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An all too sobering reminder of how, in the purported land of the free, any voices deemed radical and hence dangerous can lead the powers that be to find any remote angle to silence them by whatever force and means they deem necessary.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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History and media.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

In spite of its attention-grabbing opening and provocative title, Free Angela And All Political Prisoners is less a work of agitprop than straightforward history, intriguing but never unsettling.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It foists its own retelling of Angela Davis's story over any contemplation of her politics, effectively neutering their power as it could apply to today in the hands of a proper film essayist.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Confidently constructed, and aided by an assured focus, this is a solid tribute a woman who was one of many vital pieces of the civil rights movement, and an insightful study of a time when the American identity was being drastically reshaped.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

After watching 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,' audiences will walk away rejuvenated, thankful and, surprisingly, even more proud to be an American.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: BET.com
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A nicely balanced film that surprisingly doesn't aim to lionize Davis nor to vilify Ronald Reagan and the FBI.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com

Audience Reviews for Free Angela & All Political Prisoners

Wow. Not a lot of love from users and this is curious. This documentary is well crafted in its exploration of the limits of free speech and what is deemed "acceptable" free speech during particular phases in American history.
May 23, 2013
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