Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2013)

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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 hostage-taking and murder of Marin County judge Harold Haley in California, Lynch's film leaves no stone unturned as it explores every remarkable detail of Davis' life, and allows her to tell her own stories through a series of intimate interviews. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Free Angela & All Political Prisoners

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Full Review… | May 8, 2013
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
New York Times
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Without straining for big-picture significance, it provides a composed look into the revolutionary spirit.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Free Angela & All Political Prisoners

A good telling of Angela Davis' story of persecution, prosecution, and salvation which only dips its toe into her ideas. Perhaps because we're still a lot more comfortable with her as a pin up girl than as a purveyor of ideas? I think the minute or so used for a pot shot at Richard Nixon near the end would have been better used revisiting the farmer who posted Ms. Davis' bail. He got a couple of minutes of interesting screen time, then disappeared from the story.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

four stars!!

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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