Monday, April 1, 2013

Free Angela: The Story of an Icon

“It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a public personality, I am remembered as a hairdo.”
 – Angela Y. Davis

Coming to theaters this Friday, April 5th, the documentary film, Free Angela and Other Political Prisoners (in limited release), will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the events which earned Dr. Davis a permanent place in history. Though best known as the iconic sister with the fabulous Afro, raised fist and fierce attitude, educator and activist Angela Davis is a woman of many complexities that is revered by some and misunderstood by others.

Born in Birmingham, AL, and educated in many of the world’s most prestigious universities, young philosophy professor Angela Davis shook the world by becoming a member of the Communist Party, while teaching at the University of California. In a strange turn of events, she is implicated in the kidnapping and murder of a Marin County judge and several other citizens, in 1970. Wrongfully accused, Angela flees California, which promptly lands her on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

Labeled a fugitive, Professor Davis is captured in New York City and taken back to California, where she spends 18 months in prison. During her time behind bars, students and members of the community rally on her behalf, demanding that she be freed. Following a lengthy two-year court battle, she is acquitted of all charges in 1972.

A soul survivor, Dr. Davis continues to speak her mind and fight for the rights of others. Free Angela serves as introduction to a great woman and a reminder that freedom isn’t always free.

Free Angela and Other Political Prisoners will be in selected theaters in Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and Boston.

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