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Technical specs

Duration : 1h39

Year : 2013

Genre : Documentary

Director : Shola Lynch

Screenplay : Shola Lynch 

Cinematography : Bradford Young, (des Reconstitutions) Sandi Sissel ( des interviews)

Sound : Mark Burton, Sarah Chin, Alexandra Gallo, Emmanuel Germond, Dimitri Tisseyre, Olivier Virmont
Editor : Marion Monnier - Lewis Erskine

Production : De films en aiguille (GoGoGo Films) &

Realside productions (USA)

Co-production :  Direct Cinéma- Overbrook - Will Smith / Rock Nation - Jay Z

Broadcaster : Jour2fete

Seller : Elle Driver

Financing : Direct 8, La Région Ile-de-France, Canal +, The Ford Foundation, Black Entertainment Television Networks, Tribeca All Access, Procirep - Angoa, New York State Council on the Arts, Paul Newman Foundation, The Independent Television Service, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program



Free Angela and All Political Prisoners tells the story of a young philosophy teacher who was born in Alabama, in a family of African American intellectuals, and who is today known for her political activism. Throughout her youth, Angela Davis is deeply marked by the racism and humiliations of the Segregation, and the climate of violence that surrounds her.

Feminist, communist, activist for the Civil Right movement, close to the Black Panther party, Angela Davis gets involved with the Soledad Brothers Defense Committee, to defend the three Black american prisoners who were charged for the murder of a prison warden in retaliation to the murder of one of their fellow prisoners.

Accused of organizing a jailbreak entailing a hostage crisis and ultimately leading to the deaths of a Californian judge and three prisoners, Angela becomes in 1970 the most wanted woman in the United States. Arrested, imprisoned, judged and sentenced to death, she’s eventually released due to the lack of evidence against her, and a strong pressure from several International Support Committees, all manifesting under the slogan “FREE ANGELA !’

She has since become a symbol of the fight against all forms of oppression : racial, political, social and gender oppression, Angela Davis embodies, in the 70s, the saying “Power to People”. With her haircut and her figure, she will later inadvertently start the “afro” fashion, followed by millions of young people. Forty years later, for the anniversary of Angela’s acquittal, Shola Lynch with her film “Free Angela And All Political Prisoners” comes back to the crucial historical period that is the second part of the 20th century. Still today an activist and a modern-day abolitionist, the icon that is Angela Davis keeps on fighting.

Bande annonce

Sholah Lynch

Shola Lynch was born in Austin, Texas, in 1969 and grew up in New York. She graduated from the University of California Riverside with a master’s degree in history, and from the University of Columbia with a master’s degree in journalism.

As a successful athlete, she has won numerous races. In 2004, she directs her first film “Shirley Chisholm’72 Unbought & Unbossed”, followed by “Free Angela And All Political Prisoners” in 2013.

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"Impeccably constructed from archival material, Free Angela is a political thriller in which racial struggles, black activism, and an incredible wave of international pride are intertwined."

L'Humanité du dimanche

"The strength of this film is that it places this extraordinary individual fate within a collective movement. If it reminds us of the importance of the struggle, Free Angela demystifies the supposed revolutionary romanticism of the 1960s and 1970s."

Eric Loret, Libération

"All these archives have been scoured, "conformed" into a kind of colour continuum that cancels time. Angela in 71 looks closer to us than she does today. We don't know why, but we feel compelled to, it's a physical impulse: colour, warmth, closeness. Perhaps there is no icon that is not truly political."


"In the midst of the turmoil, Angela Davis is the epitome of youthful energy, calm and determined, always weighted and profoundly radical. An angel of black anger".

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