Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, a new film by Shola Lynch, in which Angela Davis, 68, speaks openly for the first time in forty years about the tumultuous events of her twenties, debuted at this weekâ€™s Toronto International Film Festival.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, who introduced the doc at the festival, just announced that their Overbrook Entertainment has partnered with Jay-Zâ€™s Roc Nation as executive producers of the documentary about the scholar who came to embody Black power and Black radical feminism.
Itâ€™s a wonder that Davisâ€™ trial hasnâ€™t been brought to the big screen before. Two months after the 26-year old was fired from her assistant professorship at UCLA because of her affiliation with the Communist Party; and her vocal support for three California inmates known as “the Soledad Brothers,”; the state accused her of being involved in a plot to help famed Soledad Brother, George Jackson,Â a Black Panther and communist intellectual break out of San QuentinÂ prison.
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