*In an awe-inspiring move, Will Smith and Jay-Z have agreed to lend their clout to the Realside Productions/De Films Aiguille-produced documentary, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.”
Directed by Shola Lynch, and produced by Carole Lambert, Shola Lynch, Carine Ruszniewski, and Sidra Smith; the documentary chronicles the activism of Angela Davis, and the subsequent implications, which had her charged with attempted kidnapping and murder. It features interviews with Davis, her Lawyers, the FBI agents assigned to the case, and the journalists who covered one of the most volatile trials of the ’60s.
Davis’ imprisonment sparked a worldwide movement for her freedom as a political prisoner, while she was simultaneously being labeled a terrorist. The film wrestles with the meaning of political freedom in a democracy negotiated between the people and its government.
Since her release from prison, Davis has continued to dedicate her life to the betterment of the human condition. Hence, professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. She spent the last fifteen years at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, and of Feminist Studies.
“We at Overbrook Entertainment are very proud to support this intriguing documentary about the life of Angela Davis. Filmmaker, Shola Lynch has done an incredible job in revealing a piece of American history we thought we all knew,” said Jada Pinkett Smith.
Roc Nation founder Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, added: “Shola Lynch has crafted an intricate and compelling film about Angela Davis. Roc Nation is honored to be a part of a creative collective that can present such a riveting story.”