Pics from Shola Lynch’s ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ NY Premiere


Pics from Shola Lynch‘s ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ NY Premiere
Posted by Wilson Morales

April 4, 2013

Last night, attended the ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners‘ New York Premiere at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Directed by Shola Lynch, the documentary chronicles the life of young college professor and political activist Angela Davis and How she became one of America’s most renowned revolutionaries and ended up on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. Distributed by Codeblack Films, the film will be released exclusively in select AMC theatres in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta on April 5, 2013.

In attendance at were Shola Lynch, Angela Davis, producer Sidra Smith, executive producers and Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, CodeBlack Entertainment’s Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell, Michaela Angela Davis, Ruby Dee, cinematographer Bradford Young, Bethann Hardison and Liya Kebede, Common, Kid Capri, Omarosa Manigault, Stacie J, Tamara Tunie, journalist Flo Anthony, Sister 2 Sister magazine publisher Jamie Foster Brown, film producer Lisa Cortes, publicist Terrie M. Williams, publicist Marvet Britto, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Kasi Lemmons, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Eisa Davis, Food Curator Kysha Harris of SCHOP!, Harry Belafonte, politician Kevin Powell, NFL great Curtin Martin, Mama I Want To Sing producer Vy Higginsen, Melvin Van Peebles, TV journalist Roland Martin, TV journalist T.J. Holmes, publicist Kim Walters, Emmy Award-winning editor Lewis Erskine, Angela Davis’s sister Fania Davis Jordan, Kathleen Cleaver, George Alexander, Margaret A. Burnham, Khalil Muhammad – Director for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Erika Munro Kennerly, and many more.

While on stage, Angela Davis dedicated the film to Charlene Mitchell, who alongside Kendra Alexander and Franklin Alexander, helped organize the campaign to free her.

After the screening, the afterparty was held at Marcus Samuelsson‘s restaurant, Ginny’s Supper Club and sponsored by D’USSE.


Directed and written by Shola Lynch, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners was hailed by the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival as “a fascinating chronicle of justice and strength,” Free Angela tells the dramatic story of how a young professor’s social justice activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a bloody shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.

In this historical vérité style documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy, Angela Davis recounts the politics and actions that branded her a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide movement for her freedom as a political prisoner. At its core, the story wrestles with the meaning of political freedom in a democracy negotiated between the people and its government. Strong, attractive, and engaging, Angela Davis is one such person who became a symbol at the center of this still relevant power struggle.

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