By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood March 27, 2013 at 11:15AM
Shola Lynch's Free Angela & All Political Prisoners focuses on the remarkable life of the incomparable Angela Davis, a professor, a member of the Communist party and influential social activist who worked with the Black Panthers.
Here's a piece of our look at the film seen at its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
What the film shows is a woman who touched a raw nerve in the culture in the 60s in so many ways - she was a Communist, she was a philosopher, she was a radical activist, and she was a feminist. She was smart and strong and unwilling to compromise. She became a problem to people at the highest levels of government. J. Edgar Hoover and Nixon monitored the case. They believed that punishing her would set an example. And so she became one the most wanted criminals in America. Just imagine that being on the top 10 list of wanted criminals in the entire country. Such was the insanity of the times.
Lynch's documentary will hit theaters on April 5th, but the good news is that Lionsgate Codeblack Films has partnered with Tugg, a startup that allows audiences to choose the films they want at their local movie theater. This is your opportunity to get something to your community that might not otherwise be featured. So if you are in a place where the film is not scheduled, use your power to bring it to your community.
Check out the trailer for the film below.