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Angela Davis Documentary Nearing Completion From Director Of "Chisholm '72: Unbought And Unbossed"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 13, 2012 at 12:02PM

We've actually never written about this, and I think a post is long-overdue, as I was just reminded of it thanks to THIS New York Times profile of Shola Lynch that mentions it.
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Angela Davis

We've actually never written about this, and I think a post is long-overdue, as I was just reminded of it thanks to THIS New York Times profile of Shola Lynch that mentions it.

Most of you should be familiar with Lynch's 2005 documentary, Chisholm '72: Unbought And Unbossed which chronicled (the first black woman to be elected to Congress in 1968) Shirley Chisolm's historic 1972 run for the White House.

A HIGHLY-recommended doc if you haven't seen it yet; especially if you're not at all familiar with Chisolm's story; educational, engaging, even entertaining!

The film won a Peabody Award in 2006.

Lynch's follow-up project is a feature documentary on Angela Davis! And given the wonderful job she did with Chisolm '72, this is a film I'm looking forward to seeing when it eventually debuts.

It's titled Free Angela, and its short story goes...

... a feature-length documentary about Angela Davis and the high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom.

Most recently, that specific trial was covered briefly in last year's acclaimed doc The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, since it was only a portion of that film's focus, and I expect Lynch's project, given that Angela Davis will be its primary focus, will be far more comprehensive.

According to the NY Times piece, Lynch is "near completion" on Free Angela, and the film's Facebook page (HERE) confirms that, with posts as recent as a week ago saying that a cut of the film was being screened for feedback:

"We got some great feedback - close but not there yet. We're back to the edit today renewed and refocused."

The Facebook page also boldly announces: Coming In 2012!

So... it's officially on my watch list. I suspect it'll premiere on the film festival circuit later this year.

The image above is from the film's Facebook page as well.

Read the full NY Times profile of Lynch HERE.

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