wednesday 19 february


FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

(dir Shola Lynch, USA/France, 2012, 112 min)

Legendary radical activist Angela Davis speaks for the first time about her 1970s imprisonment as a terrorist and conspirator, a flashpoint in the black liberation struggle that made her a revolutionary icon. Screened in observance of Black History Month.

Introduction by Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management

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FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

“Through reportage and narrative, Ms. Lynch builds the drama in this story as Joseph Campbell would weave a mythological tale; the hero facing myriad trials along her journey until she finds redemption. Supported by a breathtaking amount of archival and historical footage, as well as subtle re-enactments, she has crafted a balanced documentary which presents enough evidence of the actions of both the hero and the opposition, to allow the audience to make it's own judgement as to its veracity and fairness.” – Craig Carpenter, The Huffington Post. [Official website | Event poster]

Shola Lynch bio [view/hide]

Photo of Shola LynchSHOLA LYNCH is an American filmmaker who gained prominence in 2004 with Chisolm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed about Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for president in 1972, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on PBS’s POV series, and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a prestigious Peabody for excellence. Her second feature documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners is a first-hand account of the events that thrust Angela Davis into the national spotlight from a young college professor to a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. This complex film has challenged Lynch and showcases her progress as a promising director and producer. Shola’s first independent feature documentary, Shola honed her filmmaking skills as a visual researcher and associate producer for Ken Burns and Florentine Films. Her work on the two-part Frank Lloyd Wright documentary and 10-part Jazz series inspired her to pursue the craft of storytelling. Since then she has produced and scripted stories that have aired on BET, CNN, ESPN, HBO Sports and PBS. Shola also holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University and is working on a book based on her new film.

VIDEO: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners trailer [view/hide]
VIDEO: Angela Davis panel discussion [view/hide]
Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz bio [view/hide]

DEMETRIA ROUGEAUX SHABAZZ, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Alabama), teaches in the Department of Communication at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently working on a manuscript that looks at the production and signification of African American female stars in film and television during the 1960s. Her essay “Birth through Conflict: TV Responds to the Politics of Race in 1968,” appears in the anthology America Viewed and Skewed: Television Situation Comedies (SUNY Press, October 2005). Her teaching and research interests include filmic and television production practices and the construction of identity, African filmmaking and aesthetic practices, African American women in situation-comedy and reality television, democracy and community media, underrepresented communities in mainstream media, digital storytelling.