To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women. -Angela Davis
Today’s host, Sha Hayes, meets up with our panelists, Lauren Hard and Theresa Anderson, at the British fish and chips hotspot, Atlantic Chipshop in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY, to review the mesmerizing documentary, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners.
Imagine being an outspoken and prolific young black female in America at a time when Ronald Reagan is Governor of the State of California, Richard Nixon is President of the United States and Herbert Hoover reigns over the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This triad set the tone for one of the most sinister periods in the history of this country. During this time, a series of events took place where the social activist and educator Angela Davis, ultimately found herself on the “FBI Top Ten Most Wanted” list in America.
That story is the basis for this documentary which offers a well executed historical verite of these events through the eyes, words and voice of Angela Davis herself. Expect to also hear from her then legal counsel, journalists, family members and even retired governmental officials who had a stake in the outcome of this historic trial. This monumental legal case managed to grab the attention of the whole world; something that was unprecedented at that time.
Shola Lynch, the film’s writer and director, does an impressive job with the stock and archival footage she utilizes throughout the documentary which offers validity and authenticity to this re-telling. Don’t be surprised to find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat about events of which the outcome has long been determined and you have long known the verdict. Executive produced by Jay-Z, Jada and Will Smith, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners is a documentary that needs to be seen, heard and passed on and on and on.